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Can A Radar Detector Save You A Lot Of Money?

By Craig Henderson

A lot of people utilize a radar detector in their motor vehicles to help them become aware of, at least, some of the police monitoring of their speed. They understand that if they can acquire this data, in a timely manner, they will usually be able to slow down, in the event they were exceeding the speed limit, and avoid being issued a speeding citation.

A ticket represents a financial penalty for breaking the speed laws, as well as a mark against the driver’s license, usually on a point system. A driver is only allowed a certain number of points, before her license is suspended.

An individual may mount a legal defense to a traffic citation by opting to take her case before a judge. A defendant in traffic court is readily allowed to represent herself, but she also has the option to hire a lawyer. She may have to take a defensive driving class of part of the outcome of the case. When all is said and done, there could be costs of the citation, added court fees, the expense of the driving course and the invoice from her legal counsel. She may also have lost money due to taking time off work.

Indeed, getting a citation for exceeding the speed limit is not a laughing matter. It certainly is understandable why there are so many people who are such vocal advocates about their right to do everything they possibly can to prevent getting them. Police and other groups, whose focus is on public safety, say the only prevention effort that is required, is for people to obey the speed laws in the first place.

Many nations have a total ban on the use, and sometimes, the mere possession of radar detectors. The country with the most severe penalties for violating this law is probably Greece. There is a 2000 euro fine, in addition to a 30 day suspension of the driver’s license. The car is not allowed to be used for 60 days, plus 5 penalty points on the driver’s permanent record are assessed, which can lead to future license suspension, or revocation.

These devices are legal in many nations. They seem to be the most welcomed in Israel, where you can get cell phones, that have radar detection capabilities built in. For the most part, they are legal in the United States for private use. The Department of Transportation prohibits them from commercial vehicles.

They are disallowed in the District of Columbia. They’re also illegal in Virginia, despite an attempt by some legislators to overturn the ban in 2010. Connecticut overturned their ban on the devices in 1992.

California, Minnesota and New York have laws against affixing anything to a windshield other than the rear view mirror, but there in no prohibition on detectors, or affixing them to the dashboard, and in the car grill.

In recent years, radar technology and GPS technology have been working together on certain models. These will warn you when you are coming upon places that are known to have traffic cameras. You have the option, on these models, to set them at any point, to remind you whenever you approach that same point in the future. This lets you mark areas you consider to be speed traps.

The irony to this all of this is that several studies has indicated that drivers who use a radar detector are less likely to be involved in a collision. It might have something to do with their driving skills, or it could be due to the possibility that by consciously avoiding speeding tickets, they pay more attention to what they are doing. They know these devices do not make them immune to getting caught, and they are not always exceeding the speed laws.

Craig Henderson has started using radar detectors many years ago. He decided to write about them in his website. His best radar detectors site is a resourceful place for information if you would like to get a good radar detector or just to read best radar detector reviews.

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Henderson, Craig "Can A Radar Detector Save You A Lot Of Money?." Can A Radar Detector Save You A Lot Of Money?. 21 Aug. 2010. 27 Aug 2014 <>.

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