Subject: Please listen to my opinion, lets keep RD & laser jammers legal
Recently, The Senator Of Florida Steve Oelrich is proposing to have a nationwide ban on Radar Detectors. He says that "Radar Detectors give drivers a false sense of security that they can speed" Well he is wrong, when you buy a Radar Detector it doesnt say anything on it about stopping you from speeding. It is what it is, a Radar Detector. Their is no proven evidence that driving with a radar detector causes more fatalities. Police and citizens like myself are always battling it out, police say Radar Detectors are useless. If they were so useless why is it such a big topic in todays society. Kentucky has had its attempts to make it the 2nd state to ban radar detectors, which both times Kentucky has tried the courts have helped us keep our rights as citizens to own them. Lets refer back to what has kept radar detectors legal, The Communications act of 1934. In the 2001 Mori Report, drivers with Radar Detectors on average posed a 28% less risk of accident and also traveled far more miles. 28%, thats over 1/4 less risk of having an accident? The people who do purchase Radar detectors for this so called false sense of security, really how could they be any different than the Autobahn drivers in Germany? The overall safety record of autobahns is comparable to other European motorways, and motorways are safer than other road types. A 2005 study by the Federal Minister of the Interior indicated that there were an equal number of accidents per kilometer on the autobahn in sections without any speed limits. Also, police now are switching to Lidar and using it more heavily than the current Radar. Lidar provides no advance warning on your radar detector, but in my honest opinion is inaccurate. Police Lidar at 2000 feet is approx. 36 inches wide. In Florida, Florida Highway Patrol officers have been issuing inaccurate laser speed gun tickets on the Midpoint Memorial Bridge toll plaza between Coral Ridge and Fort Meyers. After hearing a complaint, WBBH-TV double-checked a day's worth of tickets issued at the same location and discovered a number of tickets were based upon the wrong speed limit. The mistake often added as much as an extra $100 to the cost of the citation. Roger Parks, a truck driver, was the first to notice the problem after he looked at a ticket he received for doing 44 MPH in a 25 zone. It noted that the officer was 700.6 feet away when he issued the penalty. Parks later measured that 700 feet himself and discovered it would have placed his vehicle in a 35 MPH zone. The error turned a $78 ticket into a $178 ticket. Parks plans to fight. These Lidar Guns fall easy out of Calibration and are not as accurate as they are advertised. If the beam of light is 36 inches at 2000 feet, and their is 2 cars side by side and the gun is out of calibration, Who gets the speeding ticket? Exactly. So I also want this message to remind you to keep the countermeasure of this useless lidar device to keep laser jammers legal as our only countermeasure. Radar detectors, have been fought in court for years since basically the 90's. The citizens have always won, except for in Virginia (The communist state in my opinion). Court case after court case agree's that radar detectors are a good thing not a bad thing. In order for anything to be proven in court their has to be evidence, with no proven records of radar detectors being bad how can it be assumed as a unsafe device. Referring back to the Mori report, 28% less risk of being in an accident while using a radar detector. Its been brought up many times in the past, and has been repealed even in Connecticut in 1998. Why? Because radar detectors are a safety device, and its a proven fact. Thank you for your time, I encourage many others to do what i'm doing but they are too lazy. I know whats right, and putting a ban on a Detector of a radiowave is just complete ludacris.