This has been a big debate ever since the radar detectors are available on the market and used by motorists to avoid tickets. I believe that anything that is restricted or constrained gets more attention than it may have generated otherwise. Adults too are like kids. If you tell a kid not to do a particular thing, he will definitely try the same thing when you are not around. Restriction generates curiosity.
In the case of Radar detectors, my argument for making it legal across the United States is the same. If we find that a technique that helps in saving our money and time and even if it is considered illegal, we will try to devise ways to get the immediate benefit by bending a law or regulation a bit. Bu we may end up causing danger to the people around us.
Radar detectors ( like the ones features in this article) are used by most drivers to get away with speeding in areas where there is no police presence. These devices are often illegally used by drivers to detect the presence of radar signals so that they can slow down just in time to avoid a traffic ticket.
Traffic rules are for the safety of the motorist and to manage the traffic on the busy traffic areas. Anyone who breaks the traffic rule is bound to pose a danger to other motorists as well t his own life. I have seen many young drivers who find enjoyment in breaking traffic rule and drive dangerously just to show off their risk-taking attitude.
To handle such nuisance creating individuals it becomes mandatory for the federal government to lay down the rules and regulations to manage traffic as well as save human lives. The Traffic police ensure that the drivers don’t abuse these laws. But that will not be possible by mere act of restricting use of radar detectors
I am of the view that the radar detectors can be a good way to regulate the indirectly if sanely used by the motorists. It does help the people to speed up a bit, to reach their workplaces or homes earlier. But excessive use of it and that too by some habitual traffic rule breakers and rash drivers may be dangerous.
I think that if the radar detectors are allowed legally in the United States, it will curb the illegal manufacturing and sale of these units. This industry is there flourishing, by giving it a legal signal, this can grow as a big industry. But the onus now lies on the educators, traffic department, and parents to teach the people especially young riders to drive safely rather so that don’t have to spend money on such devices.