Countless Virginians continue to express opinions on the topic of radar detectors, as well as the laws that surround them. After all, Virginia is the only state in the country that prohibits the use of these devices in vehicles. Some believe the restriction on these devices leads to improved safety, while others argue that the the only purpose of this regulation is to maintain revenue through writing tickets.
Other Virginians, as highlighted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, claim that the legalization of radar detectors could actually make roads safer. Despite failed attempts at repealing the prohibition in 2010 and again in 2015, many Virginians continue to assert that changes in the state’s laws are long overdue. Many see radar detectors as a way of finding a loophole in the law, but the use of these devices could allow drivers more time to slow down when necessary. The Times-Dispatch states that allowing drivers to use these detectors would improve safety on all of Virginia’s roads.
Like most states, Virginia enforces its own driving laws. However, this state diverts from others when it comes to the strictness of penalties. The banning of radar detectors is just one example of the Virginia’s strict driving laws, as maintenance service YourMechanic shares that drivers caught with these devices usually receive a ticket. Drivers can also expect law enforcement officers to confiscate the device. YourMechanic even adds that radar detectors cannot be sold in the state of Virginia.
The controversy over the use of radar detectors is hardly nearing an end. Many criticize this technology for distracting drivers and encouraging them to speed and drive recklessly, but those with opposing views believe they can help drivers avoid costly tickets and skyrocketing insurance premiums. Whichever side of the argument Virginians find themselves taking, the law seems to be here to stay — for now, at least.