Jam the radar jammers
Radar-jamming devices are created solely to impede law enforcement
One bill that should certainly move swiftly through the legislature is a proposed ban on radar-jamming devices.
Such devices are literally intended to interfere with law enforcement, which the state shouldn't tolerate.
Sen. Jamie Woodson, R-Knoxville, sponsors the measure that would ban the sale, possession or use of devices that utilize radar and laser technology to jam equipment used by law enforcement agencies.
The bill would make it a Class C misdemeanor to possess or sell such a device or to knowingly drive with one in the vehicle. A Class C misdemeanor carries a punishment of up to 30 days confinement or a fine of up to $50 or both. The bill would make it a Class B misdemeanor to use the device knowingly for the purpose of interfering with radar signals or lasers used by law enforcement personnel to measure the speed of a vehicle. A Class B misdemeanor carries a punishment of up to six months confinement or a fine of up to $500 or both.
The bill has passed in the Senate 29-0.
Woodson emphasized that the law would let makers of radar jammers know that products designed to encourage people to break the law in this state will be illegal. She notes that the equipment has no purpose other than to impede law enforcement's work. Woodson also points out that manufacturers of the devices are running commercials encouraging people to break the law with the devices and that the commercial messages even brag about the number of states where the jammers are illegal. She says they offer to pay for traffic tickets received when using them.
Law enforcement officers have enough of a challenge as it is trying to control speeding on the highways. The last thing safety officials need is for a device meant to keep them from enforcing the law to be legal in Tennessee. The legislature needs to meet the devices head-on and make it illegal to sell, have or use them. •