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Old 2010-02-08
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Default Repeal of radar detector ban advancing in Virginia House

RICHMOND -- For motorists hankering to zip along the highways unfettered by the heavy hand of law enforcement, this is shaping up to be a very friendly General Assembly session.

Already, the Senate and House of Delegates have voted to raise the speed limit on interstate highways to 70 mph, a measure championed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Now a proposal to repeal Virginia's ban on radar detectors is advancing through the House.

Del. Joe May's bill, HB 674, was approved 11-8 by the House Transportation Committee on Thursday and now moves to the House floor. May, R-Leesburg, is the committee chairman. The ban on radar detectors has been on the books since 1962, and similar laws have been enacted in other states. However, all but Virginia have repealed them.

"In Virginia, we never rush into things," May told a subcommittee that considered his bill. "This is one of those things that we haven't rushed into, and I think it's time we did."

He said the law has outlived its usefulness and creates an inhospitable climate for visitors passing through the state.

Moreover, "I have never seen any tangible evidence that radar detectors cause an increase in speeding," May said. "I think it has the opposite effect: It makes people slow down."

The bill was approved over the objections of the State Police, the Virginia Sheriffs' Association and the insurance industry.

"It's a device that's solely manufactured to violate a law," said Del. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson County, a former state trooper. On duty once in the 1990s, Carrico said, he spotted three cars in a row traveling faster than 80 mph, and he activated his radar. The lead driver, whose car was equipped with a radar detector, slammed on his brakes and caused a three-car pileup.

Carrico also suggested the measure would benefit drug runners by helping them avoid traffic stops.

Another bill giving motorcyclists a break won a favorable 2-1 vote in a House subcommittee Thursday. HB 1267, sponsored by Del. Tom Gear, R-Hampton, would lower the fine for not wearing a helmet to $25 with no court costs assessed.

Under current law, violators pay $76, including court costs, and if they fight the citation in court the penalty can rise to $250.

Chris LaGow, an insurance lobbyist, called it "a stimulus bill for hospital emergency rooms."
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Default Repeal The Virginia Radar Detector Ban

As you may know, Virginia is the only state that bans the use and sale of detectors. There is no evidence that the detector ban increases highway safety. Our nation’s fatality rates have fallen consistently for almost two decades. Virginia’s fatality rate has also fallen, but not any more dramatically than it has nationwide. Research has even shown that radar detector owners have a lower accident rate than motorists who do not own a detector.

Maintaining the ban is not in the best interest of Virginians or visitors to the state. I know and know of people that will not drive in Virginia due to this ban. Unjust enforcement practices are not unheard of, and radar detectors can keep safe motorists from being exploited by abusive speed traps. Likewise, the ban has a negative impact on Virginia’s business community. Electronic distributors lose business to neighboring states and Virginia misses out on valuable sales tax revenue.

Radar detector bans do not work. Research and experience show that radar detector bans do not result in lower accident rates, improved speed-limit compliance or reduce auto insurance expenditures.
• The Virginia radar detector ban is difficult and expensive to enforce. The Virginia ban diverts precious law enforcement resources from more important duties.
• Radar detectors are legal in the rest of the nation, in all 49 other states. In fact, the first state to test a radar detector ban, Connecticut, repealed the law – it ruled the law was ineffective and unfair. It is time for our Virginia to join the rest of the nation.
• It has never been shown that radar detectors cause accidents or even encourage motorists to drive faster than they would otherwise. The Yankelovich – Clancy – Shulman Radar Detector Study conducted in 1987, showed that radar detector users drove an average of 34% further between accidents (233,933 miles versus 174,554 miles) than non radar detector users. The study also showed that they have much higher seat belt use compliance. If drivers with radar detectors have fewer accidents, it follows that they have reduced insurance costs – it is counterproductive to ban radar detectors.
• In a similar study performed in Great Britain by MORI in 2001 the summary reports that "Users (of radar detectors) appear to travel 50% further between accidents than non-users. In this survey the users interviewed traveling on average 217,353 miles between accidents compared to 143,401 miles between accidents of those non-users randomly drawn from the general public." The MORI study also reported "Three quarters agree, perhaps unsurprisingly, that since purchasing a radar detector they have become more conscious about keeping to the speed limit..." and "Three in five detector users claim to have become a safer driver since purchasing a detector."
• Modern radar detectors play a significant role in preventing accidents and laying the technology foundation for the Safety Warning System® (SWS). Radar detectors with SWS alert motorists to oncoming emergency vehicles, potential road hazards, and unusual traffic conditions. There are more than 10 million radar detectors with SWS in use nationwide. The federal government has earmarked $2.1 million for further study of the SWS over a three-year period of time. The U.S. Department of Transportation is administering grants to state and local governments to purchase the SWS system and study its effectiveness (for example, in the form of SWS transmitters for school buses and emergency vehicles). The drivers of Virginia deserve the right to the important safety benefits that SWS delivers.
*** A small surcharge($5-$10) or tax(2%-3%) could be added to the price of the device to make-up for any possible loss of revenue from reduced number of speeding tickets and the loss of tickets written for radar detectors.***

Please sign this petition and help repeal this ban and give drivers in Virginia the freedom to know if they are under surveillance and to use their property legally:

Stop The Virginia Radar Detector Ban - A site by the National Motorists Association

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Bid to end Virginia's radar detector ban fails in House | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

Virginia will remain the only state in the nation where radar detectors are illegal.

A bill to repeal the state’s 48-year-old ban on the devices was defeated Thursday by the House of Delegates, 61-38.

The sponsor of HB674, Del. Joe May, R-Leesburg, argued that the ban is inhospitable to visitors and that radar detectors enhance traffic safety by encouraging motorists to slow down.

But the majority of delegates were swayed by opponents’ arguments that the devices contribute to excessive speed.

The state police opposed the measure.

“Speed on the roads of the commonwealth is a major problem,” said Del. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond. “I don’t think we ought to be passing laws that make our roads less safe.”

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