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      02-05-2010, 11:46 AM   #1
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Repeal of VA Radar Detector Ban Possible

Good news about repealing the VA radar detector ban...

http://hamptonroads.com/2010/02/repe...virginia-house

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By Bill Sizemore
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© February 5, 2010
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For motorists hankering to zip along the highways unfettered by the heavy hand of law enforcement, this is shaping up to be a very friendly General Assembly session.

Already, the Senate and House of Delegates have voted to raise the speed limit on interstate highways to 70 mph, a measure championed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Now a proposal to repeal Virginia's long-standing, unique-in-the-nation ban on radar detectors is advancing through the House.

Del. Joe May's bill, HB674, was approved 11-8 by the House Transportation Committee on Thursday morning and now moves to the House floor. May, R-Leesburg, is the committee chairman.

The ban on radar detectors has been on the books since 1962, and similar laws have been enacted in other states. All but Virginia have repealed them.

"In Virginia, we never rush into things," May told a subcommittee that considered his bill. "This is one of those things that we haven't rushed into, and I think it's time we did."

He said the law has outlived its usefulness and creates an inhospitable climate for visitors passing through the state.

Moreover, May said, "I have never seen any tangible evidence that radar detectors cause an increase in speeding. I think it has the opposite effect: It makes people slow down."

The bill was advanced over the objections of state police, the Virginia Sheriffs' Association and the insurance industry.

"It's a device that's solely manufactured to violate a law," said Del. Charles Carrico, R-Galax, a member of the committee and a former state trooper.

On duty once in the 1990s, Carrico said, he spotted three cars in a row traveling more than 80 mph, and he activated his radar. The lead driver, whose car was equipped with a radar detector, slammed on the brakes and caused a three-car pileup.

Carrico also suggested the measure would benefit drug runners by helping them avoid traffic stops.

Another bill giving motorcyclists a break won a favorable 2-1 vote in a House subcommittee Thursday morning. HB1267, sponsored by Del. Tom Gear, R-Hampton, would lower the fine for not wearing a helmet to $25 with no court costs assessed.

Under present law, violators pay $76, including court costs. If they fight the citation in court, the penalty can rise to $250.

"This bill keeps money in people's pockets," Gear said.

The bill is opposed by state police, the insurance industry and various traffic-safety groups.

Chris LaGow, an insurance lobbyist, called it "a stimulus bill for hospital emergency rooms."

Bill Sizemore, (804) 697-1560, bill.sizemore@pilotonline.com
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      02-05-2010, 01:39 PM   #3
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      02-05-2010, 01:40 PM   #4
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      02-05-2010, 01:45 PM   #5
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Thats good news for VA. Glad they didnt listen to the insurance companies, as if they have anyone's best interest at heart. It's always nice to see BS laws getting shot down.
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      02-06-2010, 03:59 PM   #6
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sounds excellent, hopefully this works out
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i'd be very impressed if it passes
motorists are treated with the same respect as child rapists in this state
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I agree with the rationale of the bill's sponsor. I think radar detectors actually slow people down, especially in urban areas with all the false alarms.
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I would love to see this pass but knowing VA I really doubt it will.
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kinda agree
we couldnt even get our very own VA BMWCCA plates pass through legislation


.. but you never know
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As a citizen of the Commonwealth of Northern Virginia, I would love to see this law change. Will it make me a habitual speeder, I doubt it.
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Would be great - too bad VA is the worst state in the country for speed related penalties and laws....jail time for over 90.
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it didn't pass, what a surprise....
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it didn't pass, what a surprise....
isn't it a pleasure to know we live in the most backward state in the union?
it was shot down as they had proof that it makes people drive faster

well its good to know the VA knows more than the other 49 states
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this is from the state that has "Virginia is for lovers"
where both oral and anal sex is still illegal
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Of course it didn't pass. You all didn't think that VA would give such up an easy source of revenue, did you?
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I guess so, especially in this hard economic times
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too bad guys.. Im from the DC area (Funfax!) so I know the pain you all go thru... its funny when ppl out in socal complain about the cops here... they have no clue!!
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I used to think the cops in Maryland were bad, especially in Howard Co. But the cops in VA are like "why are looking at me?" if you even say hello officer. Christ, it's really an "us against everybody" attitude that the cops in NoVa seem to have. I was out with a friend on the beltway a few years ago who got pulled over in his Boxster. Ok, he was going a little fast but not by that much. The cop gave him a ticket for like 10 over or something yet he had the attitude that he really didn't want to give him that ticket; that he really wanted to give him a 30 over ticket and my friend was the scum of the earth.

Sorry for the rant. Obviously, it's not all Virginia cops, but some of those guys have issues. I heard that the legislative genius who drew up those draconian traffic fines for Virginians was a lawyer. Hmm, a politician that's a lawyer, big surprise. But it's not that he was a lawyer, but a traffic lawyer. Anyone think there's a conflict of interest there? Nah, it must for everyone's well being. Bastards. Well, at least I don't work in NoVa anymore. Now for some odd reason I'm feeling lucky to live in MD.

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I used to think the cops in Maryland were bad, especially in Howard Co. But the cops in VA are like "why are looking at me?" if you even say hello officer. Christ, it's really an "us against everybody" attitude that the cops in NoVa seem to have. I was out with a friend on the beltway a few years ago who got pulled over in his Boxster. Ok, he was going a little fast but not by that much. The cop gave him a ticket for like 10 over or something yet he had the attitude that he really didn't want to give him that ticket; that he really wanted to give him a 30 over ticket and my friend was the scum of the earth.

Sorry for the rant. Obviously, it's not all Virginia cops, but some of those guys have issues. I heard that the legislative genius who drew up those draconian traffic fines for Virginians was a lawyer. Hmm, a politician that's a lawyer, big surprise. But it's not that he was a lawyer, but a traffic lawyer. Anyone think there's a conflict of interest there? Nah, it must for everyone's well being. Bastards. Well, at least I don't work in NoVa anymore. Now for some odd reason I'm feeling lucky to live in MD.

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exactly why i considered moving to MD, I've experienced this first hand as well.
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and it seems the judges agree
every time i have fought a ticket
even when i had photgraphic evidence
i lost
bastards!!
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