ABOUT THESE PAGES
- About These Pages
- The Quick Stats
- A Little History
- What This Site Is NOT About
- RADAR JAMMERS Not Welcome Here!
- STATE-LEVEL Laws ONLY
- NOT a Lawyer
- Not A Technical Guru
- I Can Link, But I Can't Do Advertising
- Regarding Advertising - I Can't
- Regarding `Agreements'
- Regarding SpeedTrap.com
- A Lot Of Hard Work
- Proper Credit
- MY COPYRIGHT NOTICE & WARNING
"The letters from people who hate me are often fun to read;
but the letters from people who love me are usually spelled better!"
- Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes.
About These Pages
The Quick Stats - I installed the counter because it keeps good and
interesting stats; and 2) because it keeps interesting information about how my
site is used by people - which I was curious about. Nominally, this site
attains hit counts between 250 to 350 per day. Saturdays start at 250, the
counts then slowly increase until reaching the highest level of about 350 on
about Monday, when it all repeats the cycle again. Occasionally, this site
has had up to 600 hits per day! 75-percent of my users are travellers from
within the United States. 25-percent of my visitors are from outside of the
United States who want to know the laws, here, presumably before they actually
visit. While not the NASA Shuttle Web Site's counts of one-million or so hits
per day, I had no idea this site would get so much widespread use as it
does - nationally as well as internationally. As of February, 2002,
the averages come to 2207 hits per week, 9562 hits per month, 115,000 hits per
year; and the counts slowly increase as time goes by. Not bad for a meer
personal web page. (However, the September 11, 2000 terrorist attacks greatly
skewed things, making accurate statistical record-keeping difficult, lately. I
suspect that without the attacks my average numbers would actually be much
Whoozitfor? - These pages are a collection of my own research that I
originally intended for my own use while travelling. When I first started
this, I discovered that a tabular list was available about the same time which
sort of did the same thing; however, it was useless because it was never
updated on a regular basis and I wanted current information. AAA's list was
the same way. You'd open the TripTik and the info there would be a couple (if
not a few) of years old - making its info, too, pretty much useless. As well,
it only covered radar-detector laws, and didn't keep up with scanning-related
laws. Furthermore, I also wanted to be able to read the actual text of
the laws, so that I could see what each state was actually intending.
Eliminated any confusion, that way. None of the other sources offered the
actual text. At the time, even our own government didn't have
information such as what I was looking for on the web. I decided to be the
leader, the forerunner.
Wassitdo? - These pages reference the actual written laws which in
some way EITHER restrict to any degree OR completely
deny the usage of scanners and radar detectors in vehicles. I
simply did something most citizen's don't do...I went to the local library
and looked them up.
Currently, they deal with the UNITED STATES state-level laws ONLY. I used
to cover other outside countries, but I've found this to be a bit too tedious
These pages started out as an idea for my own personal use. But then
I got the idea to advertise them in various search engines so they could be
viewed - as a nice favor I thought - by others around the world. I knew
that the info was (at the time) hard to find on the net. I figured a lot of
other people would probably also appreciate the info being available
in one place. Boy! Talk about being clueless! I had no idea
how much use these pages would actually end up getting! After a while,
though, it literally started becoming an unpaid, full-time job. So, to allow
myself SOME time to enjoy life, I decided to stick to my own country. My
apologies to those in other countries if this has become an inconvenience in
any way. I hope you'll understand, though. But I also run some 12 or so
other web pages, too - covering 12 or so
varied other subjects. All of which also require regular maintenance, too!
I'm also Coordinator of our local
SKYWARN program, and I help
coordinate our local Malicious
Interference Tracking Team, for example. Then I have a life to live,
Note that just because a state is listed as having some kind of law
regarding the use of scanners or RADAR detectors, it does not
necessarily mean that possession or use is, in fact, illegal.
Please go in and read the particular law first to find out exactly what
each state intended. For example, if you're a Federally-licensed ham
radio operator, you might be exempt. You may be exempt as a member of the
Press, or being a licensed alarm system contractor, an EMT, etc. Read the
Though I list the laws for both RADAR-Detectors and Scanners here on the
same site, the subject of this site is simply the laws themselves. On
occasion I have been asked what the significance or philosophy was over the
use of scanners and RADAR-Detectors together. [chuckle] You interpret the
word "and," here, just a little too literally. That's not what this site is
about. I am neither advocating for nor advising against the use of both
while mobile. Quite simply, scanners are commonly used while mobile in local
situations while RADAR-Detectors are commonly used while mobile everywhere.
Both are regulated, usually near to each other in the lawbooks. If
you're a storm chaser, though...this site is probably great for you. (grin)
I'm not at all too sharp on the technical aspects of individual types of
RADAR-Detectors and scanners, so I can't answer those kinds of questions about
them, either. And please don't ask. Not trying to be a pig about it
but, I really have no idea which scanner or which RD is the best model, and I
have no idea which model provides the best reception or detection capabilities.
I own but one RD, and one scanner, personally. Both are old as the hills by
now, and as such, kinda limited in thier capabilities. They are all that I
know about, unfortunately. As well, when it comes to the technical, you don't
want me holding a soldering iron. I'll solder two of my fingers together if
you're not watching me. (Maybe even your's...and that would be bad.)
Therefore, instead, I have provided pointers to other
sites which may be able to help you more efficiently, there.
A Little History - The information here started out originally as a
one-page, descriptive list of the laws in each state, with clickable links to
the actual text of the laws. Both the scanner-related and RD-related laws
were on the same page. It's original home was as a subpage underneath my
North Florida Area Scannist's
Page. But the URL to get to it was kinda rediculously long, I thought.
(Used to be http://www.afn.org/~afn09444/scanner/scanlaws/index.html.)
So, not being able to open any new accounts at my ISP -
Alachua County FreeNet (because they'd
halted new account creations due to space limitations), I created a new
directory under my current account called "/scanlaws", and threw the page in
there, where it has remained ever since. Soon after that, I got the idea to
split the information up into separate pages, to lessen the "clutter" and to
make the pages smaller. The scanner-related laws went to scanner.html and
the RD-related laws went to radar.html. But I had a counter on the main
front page - index.html, and I began to notice that people were linking to
the subpages instead, making it difficult to keep up with actual user
counts. So I installed counters on the subpages, too. This was fine for a
while until I started noticing that people were actually starting to create
their own pages which pointed to my subpages using link descriptions like
"here's my scanner laws page" and here's my radar-detector laws page,"
evidently trying to make people think that they were doing the work, not me.
And I could NOT help noticing something else: every time someone listed the
Speedtrap Registry's site, they'd credit SPEEDTRAP with having a list of
scanner and radar-detector laws. I wondered why, and checked out Speedtrap's
link to me, and it was vague. When the user saw the link, it kinda gave the
user the impression that the link, and thus the work, was part of Speedtrap's
efforts. Even USAToday got taken by that, and they too credited
Speedtrap with having a list of scanner and radar-detector laws when they
wrote an article about them in 1999.
To try to prevent all that, being an HTML novice and not knowing much about
scripting and the like, I began implementing a process of changing the subpage
names in order to try to prevent that: scanner.html became
scanner1.html; and radar.html became radar1.html. Every
six months or so, I would repeat the process: scanner1.html became
scanner2.html; etc. It worked, as people quickly began pointing to the
main page again. When people went there, they saw the big new logo that I'd
made and placed across the top - which said "Mobile Scanner & RADAR-Detector
Laws In The United States - by Todd L. Sherman/KB4MHH." No chance of a user
being confused over who actually did the work, now.
All sounds rediculous, doesn't it? But I was quickly becoming inaugurated
into the wild, wacky, and weird world of the World Wide Web. ...But it would
get far WORSE as the years went by! People really have no CLUE how to handle
copyrighted material on the WWW. They literally do as they please. Then when
you complain, and tell them to cease and desist, they get nasty and rude, and
indignant. "How dare you tell ME how to handle MY web page! I'll damned-well
do what I want, and you can't do anything about it! So bug off, buddy!"
That's the attitude most have. Nowadays, as of 12/10/2002, I'm currently
fighting a guy who runs multiple commercial, for-profit web pages, trying to
get him to remove work he actually stole from my site and put up on his own
site. He's trying to use my own intellectual property to help increase his
user (i.e., customer) count, and thus, obviously, his profits. I DON'T
appreciate that. He gives me no credit at his site for my work being there.
We made no arrangements or agreements. He stole my work, verbatim - literally,
my own words intact at first; and he has slowly been making changes to it to
make it look no longer like that verbatim work. It ain't gonna work. I'm not
going to let him. What's he's got at his site now is just called a
"derivative," and I still own the copyrights to it, regardless.
What This Site Is NOT About
a.k.a...."Please Read This Before You E-mail Me!"
First, grab your favorite fluffy ear muffs, as this part may sound kinda
harsh; but you wouldn't believe some of the questions I used to get before I
added it. SO...just bare with me, here.
1) This site does NOT deal with the use of Radar JAMMERS;
but ONLY with the use of RADAR DETECTORS and RADIO FREQUENCY SCANNERS
while mobile. The text of some state's laws may concurrently mention the
use of jammer devices within them, though. This does not in itself mean
that I am keeping up with laws regarding thier use. RADAR JAMMING devices
are active, non-passive devices designed to deliberately interfere with a
signal used by law enforcement that is used to determine whether or not
you are speeding. They take the signal from the police, work it a little
bit internally, and then rebroadcast that modified signal out so that it
will wash out the signal generated by the police. It does not INITITATE
it's own signal, but it takes the signal generated ELSEWHERE, modifies it so
that it is not the same signal again, and then re-emits it back out again.
That is STILL a TRANSMITTING device. (Don't give me your personal
technical disagreements. They don't matter. What does matter is what the
FCC thinks, and they think different.) The signal generator is simply located
elsewhere - at the police vehicle, that's all. In my book any device so
designed as to emit signals designed to deliberately interfere with another
signal - especially those being used by law enforcement - is technically
defined as malicious interference, and that is illegal. The Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) (see Memorandum Opinion and Order) agrees. Manufacturers are aware
of this and they aren't so nice that they'll warn you of it as you're
forking over the bucks for the device. Those states which do NOT currently
ban jammers probably soon WILL for the same reason. It's a waste of effort
to cover them; and a waste of money to buy them. So don't. Just because
noone has yet been prosecuted for causing malicious interference and for
obstructing justice YET doesn't mean that someone, somewhere, won't get
smart and START doing that. But BE AWARE...YOU ARE OPEN TO THAT POSSIBILITY.
2) This site deals ONLY with state-level laws. It does not dare
attempt to track city- or county-level laws. There are just way too many
cities and counties to be able to keep tabs on. The counties in the
United States number in the thousands. I don't even want to guess how many
cities we actually have here in the United States. [A chill goes up
his back, and goose pimples form on his arm.] ...Scary!
3) I'm not a lawyer. I do not pretend to be a lawyer. So
I'm not able to answer legal questions about how to get out of
speeding tickets. This site is not intended to be a cheap "lawyer
replacement." I did not design this site for those who are attempting to
FIGHT tickets obtained because of lead feet, but for those who would like
to avoid problems regarding the use of scanners and/or radar detectors in
states which have laws prohibiting them. The ONLY method to avoid a ticket
there is to remove said device to the trunk and remove it from the power
source BEFORE travelling through the state(s) which prohibit them. I
advocate nothing more. If you've obtained a ticket for speeding, this is
not a site where you will find help in legal recourse. So PLEASE
... do NOT ask me how you should go about fighting your ticket, or tell
me your stories about how you got them. I will ignore them. Instead, please
see my Links page for other sites which
might be able to better help you. But I link to them only because
people are constantly questioning me about these things, and not
because I agree with, work with, or endorse them.
4) I'm not a technical guru. I only own one RADAR Detector, and one scanner, myself; so I am
unable to advise anyone on which types and models of either are better
than the other, or what features this model has versus the other, or like
that. I neither wish nor intend to research it, either. Again, it's
just too much for one person. Please see my links
page for a list of manufacturer sites which might be able to better help you,
5) I'm kinda surprised that I have to say this, actually, but...
Speaking of links, if you're a manufacturer, yes, you can provide a link to
my site, and I will return one should you request me to, but do not ask me
for ad space (Alachua FreeNet doesn't allow this), or ask me to test or
endorse a product, or give you any extra attention over anyone else other
than the simple link that everyone else gets. I do this free for "John Q.
Public," not for "John Make-Me-Money Enterprises." Should you provide
the link, the name of this site is "Mobile Scanner and RADAR-Detector Laws In
The U.S.", not "another scanner laws site." And the name of the author
- the guy who worked so hard to do all this research on his own - is "Todd L.
Sherman," not "(insert name of your company here)". Thank-you.
I've also added some coding which intercepts Speedtrap users and makes it
clearly understood that they are leaving Speedtrap and that the work
here is mine, not Speedtrap's. (You would not BELIEVE the incredibly
irritating problem that I'd had with this for a long time - on a daily
basis.) Speedtrap points to my page with a nondescript link. While it may
not be Speedtrap's intent, FAR too many people get confused because of it,
and send me "Thank-you, Speedtrap" e-mail, or "Screw you, Speedtrap - for
being [censored]-holes" e-mail. It gets on you after a while. I've tried
for 6 years to get Speedtrap to try to make a more obvious kind of link.
However, for some odd reason, they've done nothing but blow me off. I've
given up, and simply added the JS code mentioned above. It took care of the
problem immediately. Noone is confused anymore when they visit my site.
* More about SpeedTrap: The confusion was compounded by an article that ran in
USA Today on October 19, 1999 (see here),
which did me such a GRIEVOUS injustice when they gave SpeedTrap credit for
having a list of scanner and radar-detector laws in a review of their site.
That was a totally inaccurate description. ...Totally incorrect.
Of course, not being sent any e-mails to notify me of this error - because
they thought the info belonged to SpeedTrap, I did not notice this article
until Dec. 25th, 2001. (Interestingly enough, that happens to be right about
the last time I actually heard any word at all from the people at SpeedTrap.
Interesting also, I notice that noone at SpeedTrap has bothered to CORRECT
USAToday, either. And that makes me feel so bummed! ...SO bummed! I can't
describe it. What a Christmas present. They gave LAURELS to SpeedTrap for
all that work on scanner and radar-detector laws being available at "their"
site [and I KNOW they were referring to MY site]; and they had this big
"SpeedTrap" banner graphic on the page...and yet, I can't even refer people
to that very reference. If that happened to you, how do you think that might
affect YOUR pride?) SpeedTrap actually has no such laws available on their
site. ...None! Zip! Zero! Nada, whatsoever! However, they do have a vague
link to THIS site - which DOES have those laws. By "vague," I mean that
SpeedTrap does not make it clear in their link that the person is being
redirected to another site that is NOT of their own creation, and I think the
fact that it even confused USAToday just backs up all my frustrations with
SpeedTrap for refusing to politely change that link to make it more clear.
To this day, SpeedTrap has ignored all my e-mail requests to take care of the
problem, and I can only assume that they do not mind the added publicity they
are gleaning from the work done at my site, and that until they get some sort
of official legal notice in the mail, nothing will ever be done. That makes
me so angry, though, that my site actually got publicity in USAToday, but the
credit for the work was actually given to someone else. So here I sit Xmas
day, 2001 with 355,000+ hits since my site has been running, and everyone
thinks that all my hard work has been done by someone else. That also now
ruins any future ability to take pride in any future USAToday article about
my site at all. The reason is, if I complain, one of a few things will
probably happen. 1) They'll simply hit the delete key and remove that one
line that indirectly refers to my site. This is probably simplest and the
most likely to happen. But that was the major part of the brag on that page,
though; and if removed, there goes my USAToday "reference." 2) They might
actually contact me, apologize, and THEN ask me if they could do an article
specifically on my site. Sounds wonderful at first but, not really. It would
just seem like a "kiss-butt maneuver" now. I'd never know if they were really
doing it because they liked my site, or if they were doing it because
they felt bad, or if they were doing it because they thought they
needed to cover their butts or something. But I'd never be able to feel any
confident pride in whatever article they then wrote...all because one writer
got it all bass-ackwards. (Or, the other possibility is, the writer
got it correct...but the person being INTERVIEWED greatly exaggerated. I
can't leave THAT possibility out, either.) Meanwhile, the world thinks
SpeedTrap does this site.
I do NOT sign "Agreements" when providing links.
Commercial interests have actually approached me in the past wanting me to
become a "partner" with them, so that my pages could then become a sub-set
of their own site. The Auto Channel once asked this of me, and they
wanted me to sign this rediculous document that I then had to go back and ask
some questions about (and I had to re-ask a few times, because they weren't
straight-on in responding - directing me instead to a non-human, automatic
web page which did not answer all the obvious questions). I decided in the
end not to do it. 1) I did this, and I want people
to know that I did this. I don't want any confusion with people thinking that
The Auto Channel did the work, and The Auto Channel possibly
getting all the thanks, instead. (Okay. So call me "vain.") 2)
heavy, and so other-script heavy...that it literally took five minutes on a
28.8K modem (what I had at the time) for their page to load - and often not
without mid-load crashes and/or lockups. I did not want to be a part of
that scenerio. And their "contract" went for something like a few years. I
was unclear, too, why a "contract" or an "agreement" even had to be signed
- that is, legal signatures affixed to the bottom and the document mailed
in - just to provide what in the end amounted to a simple "linkup." It struck
me as kinda odd, and it scared me - regardless of the consoling they were
giving me. And the advice people give you is always "when you're not
sure..." So, I avoided it altogether. If you want to link, you can link.
It's as simple as that. Why is a contract/agreement even necessary?
PROPER CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE:
I QUOTE SOURCES!
Lastly, if I'm going to borrow a quote, or a page from even an UNcopyrighted
book, then right at the top, I make it perfectly clear where I got that
information from. I quote the full title of the source (and the author, if
known). I give proper credit where properly due. I wish more people would
learn how to do this. It's a little extra typing...yes. But you get
this really nice, warm, fuzzy feeling inside when you do that. (grin)
Okay, Soap-Box Mode off.
I apologize if the above sounds kinda harsh, but I get so many questions,
and people just seem to refuse to read this side-bar stuff, and it kinda
gets on you after a while.
A Lot of Hard Work
This took a lot of my free time sitting in the University of Florida Law
Library perusing the law books and photocopying the laws, then going home
and retranscribing them so that they could be posted here on the Web. It
was a lot of work and long hours. While the intent of putting up this
page was to make these laws more easily available on the Internet (where
they had not been available at all, for the most part, before then); and
where I don't mind these retranscribed laws being copied from my site to
yours (as it only helps to further that goal)...please,
DON'T just copy my work -- original code, formatting, and deliberate typos
still intact -- and then delete my name and thus remove any credit for all
the hard work that I did. Please leave credit to me for the properly
deserved recognition of my work. I'm beginning to see other new sites
out there now who have done just that -- original code, formatting, and
typos still there -- with only very minor changes...and my name and any
reference to my hard work removed from the bottom. If you do it
yourself, that's another thing. These laws are not copyrighted
themselves, being created by our own government; but the retranscription
of it all was of my own blood and sweat. Every time someone thanks you
for all the "hard work" you do, and you gracefully accept it with a
"you're welcome," then you do me wrong.
Once a year, as updates become available, I intend to go back and recheck
the laws to be sure they are up to date for you.
On another subject, I find it interesting that after all this time, people
STILL insist upon referring to my site with link descriptions such as
`this site' and `another scanner/radar detector laws by state.'
Sigh! I won't name names. Such respect! That would be akin to me referring
to, say, The Automotive Help Page (which doesn't exist) as `here'
or `that car site' in my link. Really helpful descriptions, right?
And doesn't do them much justice, either. You would not believe how
many people actually do this to me, but I'll give you a clue. Just about
every page on the net which deals with scanners, radar detectors, or
automotive- or traffic-related subjects, points to my page. 99-percent of
them uses that very word..."here"...as a link to me. Please try to do me
kinder. Eh? 8-) You'll note that when I provide a pointer to an external
site I provide the full name of the site as well as the name of the author of
that site (if known) -- as a courtesy to that web author. Proper recognition...
I wish more web authors would take the time to give the same recognition to me
as I do for them.
Though I have made great effort to try to list every state law I could find
pertaining to scanners and/or RADAR detectors, I make no guarantees that I
have found them ALL. This is because some states' law books use a
keyword/indexing method which are sometimes absurdly rediculous (in
my own opinion, of course) and therefore make it incredibly difficult to
identify such laws. I *think* I've found them all. If anyone knows of a
state which DOES have a law -- relating to either scanners or RADAR detectors
-- and it is NOT listed here, or has been changed since I last checked,
please let me know immediately. And vice-versa, too. The laws, they are a
constantly changin'. A state which had a law one year, may have abolished
it by the next session. Conversely, a state which had no law one year, may
have one by the next, or the previous law may have even gone through some
subtle or major changes come the next year. (This usually depends upon
which state's government officials got caught with their pants down the year
before, and is directly proportional to how angry and embarrassed they were
as a result of their initial stupidity. Then they start yelling and waving
their arms about, ignore all research into fairness, and blindly attempt to
make outright bans on all comm-related equipment, period. [...Usually.]
Then someone whispers to them "...you can't do that, the FCC has been
designated as the one and only proper authority to be able to do that" and
the proposals either die as quickly as they were proposed; or, if made a law,
the law disappears as quickly as it was enacted, in order to prevent further
embarrassing reminders of the past...if it doesn't disappear because someone
actually challenged the law and pointed out its jurisdictional flaw.)
But the point is: watch out, these laws are volitile and constantly change.
So you should always check the laws yourself before you leave. Your local
Law Library should have law books for the states you intend to travel
through. Check there to be sure. I could miss something. Something could
pop up BETWEEN law book updates. A new law could go into effect the day
AFTER I check...in which case you won't know for anywhere from 6 mos. to a
year...whenever that state prints its next update; or if someone sends me
an e-mail and says something about the new law, and gives a reference. As I
said, this is not Joe Cheap Guy's Home Lawyer Site. I take no responsibility
for inaccuracies. Use this site at your own risk.
Please send e-mail to: Todd L. Sherman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact me and we'll see what we can do. I may redisign my pages to allow
for advertising. But if I do it it must be worth it for me. I don't want
to deal with working for pennies per click. I need to pay for this page and
I'd like to someday give it it's own much more easily recognizeable domain
name, etc. I can design ads on my own for you. Just need a logo from you and
a mottot or something. But I'm thinking of more of a pay to rent space kind
of a deal rather than pay by the click options. Throw me an offer and let's
see what we can do. When I last had a counter this site was getting a
thousand hits a day or so. So it gets good attention.
When done browsing here, please take a look at my own
Mobile Scanner & RADAR-Detector Laws In The U.S.
by Todd L. Sherman / KB4MHH
Gainesville, Alachua Co., Fla.
Page Created: (About August, 1995.)
Last updated: July 24, 2013.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE AND WARNING STATEMENT
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, CREDITS, and KUDOS
All information Copyright © 1995- by Todd L. Sherman/KB4MHH.
All Rights Reserved. Except for personal use, no part of this publication
may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any
form or by any means, electronic, electrical, chemical, optical, mechanical,
photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission
of the copyright owner.
(Offered FREE as a public service to local area residents within Alachua County, FL
courtesy Alachua County SKYWARN and the
Alachua County EMWIN Project.)