Video review of current radar and laser jammer laws for the USA and Canada Are you considering purchasing a radar detector and not sure if they are legal in your state or in area you will be driving? For the most part here in the USA you don’t have anything to worry about because the FCC passed a law called the communications act of 1934, which made it legal for you to own a radar detector throughout the USA. However there are exceptions, which I will explain now. Exception #1 - The commonwealth of Virginia and Washington DC prohibits radar detectors in all vehicles Exception #2 – All US Military bases have federal laws prohibiting the use of a radar detector while driving on base Exception #3 – Several Federal Parks including Yellowstone And finally exception #4, which prohibits radar detectors in all commercial vehicles weighing over 18,000 pounds. Now there are also two states that do prohibit you from mounting anything to your windshield, including a GPS or radar detector and those states are California and Minnesota. Now those of you who may be visiting our neighbor to the North or our Canadian visitors, Canada is not as radar detector friendly as the US as they only allow the use of a radar detector in the providences of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. So a question you maybe asking yourself about is how would an officer know if I have a radar detector if I’m driving in Virginia or a big rig? Well police use a device called a Spectre that is a radar detector detector that will alert an officer that a radar detector is within close proximity. This device will alert to virtually every radar detector ever made with the exception of 4 and those are the Escort REDLiNE, the Beltronics STi Magnum, the Beltronics STi Plus and the Passport 9500ci. These four radar detectors are all based on Escort’s M3 dual antenna design, which not only makes them 100% undetectable to all radar detectors, but also enables them to have extreme range.
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