Tennessee radar jammers bill gains OK

| 4/25/2006

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 in jail.

SB3702 is awaiting assignment in a Senate committee.