I was scrolling through various things on the SC DMV site when I came across the car equipment technology part, so I wanted to see what they had to say about radar detectors.
Have you ever gotten into a friend's vehicle and seen a small contraption mounted on the dashboard with colored lights blinking around it? What is that thing? Has your friend made a connection with aliens? Should you save yourself and get out of the car now?
No, stay put. It's most likely a radar detector, and your friend is simply trying to prevent being ticketed for speeding.
they also know about jammers too, but they didn't mention it being illegal in SC for some reason, witch is strange..
What Other Kinds of Detectors Are Available?
Some law enforcement officers are now using lasers to record your driving speed.
You can get laser shields or laser veils to help protect you against being caught by a law enforcement officer using a laser device, as well as jammers which are designed to obstruct, or "jam," the reading of radar or laser devices.
There are even special "paints" available, referred to as stealth coating, which absorb lasers and prohibit traffic radar from detecting certain parts of your vehicle, such as the headlights and license plate.
One might think that any product that helps you hide the fact that you are breaking the law would undoubtedly be illegal; however, in most states radar detectors are legal.
As reported by the National Conference of State Legislatures:
- In Virginia and Washington, DC, radar detectors are illegal.
- In Illinois and New York, radar detectors are permitted for vehicles other than commercial motor vehicles.
- Jammers are illegal in Washington, DC and Oklahoma.