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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.]
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.
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.
Mobile Scanner & RADAR-Detector Laws In The U.S.
by Todd L. Sherman / KB4MHH
Gainesville, Alachua Co., Fla.
E-mail: email@example.com Page Created: (About August, 1995.) Last updated: July 24, 2013.