TORONTO, Ont. — Habitual Canadian speeders have been supporting the technological market for quite some time by turning to innovative, sometimes illegal devices to avoid fines.
There is no shortage of gadgets to choose from, including licence plate shields to hide numbers from red-light cameras to signal jammers that disorient radar guns and radar detectors.
Travelling well over the speed limit in Ontario could mean penalties of six demerit points and traffic tickets of $350, making the $200 price tag on the detector seem appealing for habitual speeders. Under the provincial traffic laws, the devices are legal in B.C., Saskatchewan and Alberta, where they can be purchased in local electronic stores.
Cpl. Gary Hoffman of the Regina RCMP, reported to media the devices do not necessarily guarantee you will not get a ticket. A radar gun allows police to quickly pulse the signal of an oncoming vehicle, leaving the detector to slowly warn the driver, after their speed has already been recorded.
In Ontario, being caught with a radar detector warrants a fine of up to $170 and the confiscation of the device.
Sgt. George Hebblethwaite of the Cambridge detachment of the provincial police says he has heard of drivers using more sophisticated devices, which jam the radar signal.
These are illegal nationwide under the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission regulations because they work by transmitting a frequency into federally controlled airwaves.