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[Places where radar-detectors are illegal while mobile]

ON THE ABOVE MAP:
- Red indicates use illegal.
- Orange indicates use not specifically regulated; but hanging things from windshield prohibited.
- Gray denotes no currently known legislation.

INDEX:


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IF YOU'RE A TRUCKER:

RADAR Detectors are illegal period in ALL states for all "commercial" vehicles over 10,000 pounds! Here is the Federal Law. (2009)

ON A MILITARY BASE:

Use and sale of a RADAR Detector on military bases is illegal per DoDI 6055.04 update (April 20, 2009) Here is the revised DoD Instruction. (2009)


CURRENT STATE LAWS:

If any state restricts, bans, or otherwise regulates the use of RADAR-detectors in some way or another, it will be listed below, and there will be a link to the actual text of the law for that state. IF THERE IS NO CURRENTLY KNOWN LAW, THE STATE WILL NOT BE LISTED.

NOTE: The blinking "UPDATED" icon indicates that a law has either been updated or at least checked/verified for currency, regardless of whether the law has actually changed or not.

  1. California - (2012) - No regulation specifically against the use of radar detectors, themselves. However, the state does have a windshield mounting law. Anything mounted upon the windshield is illegal. This would include radar detectors.
  2. District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) - (2009) - RADAR-detectors are illegal.

  3. Florida - (2009) - WARNING! Radar detectors not specifically regulated, BUT - mounting things on windshields not permitted.
    12/5/2009: We've received mention from a user about a ticket he recently received in the amount of $116 for having a RADAR-detector mounted on their windshield. Whether this is just a local event, or some new statewide campaign to push a law not commonly used until now, we're still trying to find out. But we advise people start trying to find alternate ways to mount RADAR-detectors in their vehicles in Florida so as to avoid problems with the windshield law. ...Curious. Does this ban GPS units, too? Per Fla. Statute 316.303 - Television Receivers, paragraph 3, they're legal. But most of those devices are usually sold to be mounted on the windshield. Hmm. Again, I hate stupidity in legislation, especially when it's not well thought out or researched first and it costs people unnecessarilly mindless amounts of money. That's just not right. :o(

    NOTICE! - (2010) - I've begun a campaign to investigate just what is going on within the Florida Highway Patrol regarding radar detectors and this windshield law thing. It would appear there is a conflict between precedence set by the Florida Senate (that RD use is in fact LEGAL), and the windshield law (stating that they are ILLEGAL). I have sent queries to both the Troop C Division Commander - where this appears to be happening most - and to the FHP Director in Tallahassee requesting explanation of what is going on. If you've been personally ticketed for such a thing, yourself, I need to know about it and I would appreciate a contact. Click here for more information.

  4. Illinois - (2009) - Not regulated in passenger vehicles, but they are illegal used in commercial motor vehicles over 26,001 pounds (which is redundant legislation, since Federal law already makes that illegal in any U.S. state for vehicles over TEN-thousand pounds, anyway; BUT, some states like to have it in their lawbooks so that they can charge added fines and penalties that would go to the state).

  5. Minnesota - (2009) - Radar detectors not specifically regulated, BUT - hanging things from windshields not permitted. If one were to put two and two together, then this would supposedly include radar-detectors if they were hung from the windshield. However, I suppose one could also infer that they would be okay if simply rested upon the top of the dashboard. The law does not specify that it is not. So...

  6. New Jersey - (2012) - No regulation specifically against the use of radar detectors, themselves. However, the state does have a windshield mounting law. Anything mounted upon the windshield is illegal. This would include radar detectors.

  7. New York - (2009) - For motor vehicles over 18,000lbs, and any other commercial vehicle over 10,000lbs, RADAR-detectors are illegal. [This is already covered by Federal law, as well.]

  8. Pennsylvania - (2012) - No regulation specifically against the use of radar detectors, themselves. However, the state does have a windshield mounting law. Anything mounted upon the windshield is illegal. This would include radar detectors.

  9. Virginia - (2009) - Use is illegal.


PROPOSED LAWS:

  1. (Let us know if you know of something!)


REPEALED LAWS:

  1. Connecticut - Connecticut's anti-radar-detector law was repealed in 1998, and all the signs along the highways were taken down. RDs are now legal in Connecticut. (I keep this up here because - believe it or not - people STILL ask me about it, even now. [grin])


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