An effort in the Tennessee Legislature would outlaw the
sale, possession or use of radar and laser jamming devices in the state.
Sponsored by Sen. Jamie Woodson, R-Knoxville, the bill won
unanimous approval in the Senate March 23 and has been forwarded to the House
for further consideration.
Woodson recently played for senators a recording of a
commercial for the anti-jamming product. The show-and-tell session likely aided
the bill’s passage.
“These jamming devices serve no other purpose than to
interfere with law enforcement’s efforts to keep our highways safe. The makers
of these jamming devices have been running in-your-face commercials which have
the effect of encouraging people to break the law and endanger the public. The
commercial goes so far as to brag about the number of states where the devices
are illegal. They even offer to pay for any traffic tickets received when using
them,” Woodson said in a statement.
“We need to send the makers of these jammers a very loud and
clear message that products designed to encourage people to break the law in Tennessee are illegal,” she said.
Anyone found to sell or posses a radar-jamming device would
face a $50 fine and/or as much as 30 days in jail. Using the device to
interfere with police radar could result in a $500 fine and/or up to six months
SB3702 is awaiting assignment in a Senate committee.