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Old January 2nd, 2014
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Actually, if you want to hold to the letter of the law, although it's legal to use a radar detector in Florida, it isn't legal to mount it on the windshield. A radar detector is not among the exceptions:

http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2011/316.2952

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(d) A global positioning system device or similar satellite receiver device which uses the global positioning system operated pursuant to 10 U.S.C. s. 2281 for the purpose of obtaining navigation or routing information while the motor vehicle is being operated.


Technically, they could cite you for a radar detector or a number of other items attached to the windshield, but whether they do or not is another story.
It would appear from (d) that certain radar devices meet the exception requirement. Those with GPS installed appear to me (I'm not an attorney) meet the highlighted portion of (d) for they give a speed readout which is certainly a navigation item.

The chip in these GPS enabled receivers appear to meet 10 U.S.C. s. 2281, too.
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It would appear from (d) that certain radar devices meet the exception requirement. Those with GPS installed appear to me (I'm not an attorney) meet the highlighted portion of (d) for they give a speed readout which is certainly a navigation item.

The chip in these GPS enabled receivers appear to meet 10 U.S.C. s. 2281, too.
The clause reads:

A global positioning system device or similar satellite receiver device which uses the global positioning system operated pursuant to 10 U.S.C. s. 2281 for the purpose of obtaining navigation or routing information while the motor vehicle is being operated.

A 9500 or Max may have a GPS inside it (and would be covered by the first half of the clause), but its purpose is not to provide navigation or routing information. It does not have maps and doesn't even show your GPS coordinates, therefore it fails the second part.

It might be possible to argue that the Max is exempt because it can provide local speed limit information for the road you're currently on (when it works, that is), and therefore could be used for navigation purposes (although limited), however, I suspect you'd have a hard time convincing a judge of that.

On the other hand, a Passport iQ would be exempt, since it is a navigation device, but with additional capabilities.

Not that it matters, since I haven't heard of windshield citations being an issue in Florida. It's not a high priority for enforcement.
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Mount it high near the headliner next to the rear view mirror. Pretty stealthy in that location and doesn't obstruct line of vision. It would be hard to argue obstructing line of vision if it's above the RVM.
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I've been pulled over in FL , the officer didn't say a word about my RD. It was mounted right in the middle of the windshield below the rearview mirror. Most cops don't really care about silly stuff like that, especially considering they have radar units and dashcams and sorts of fun stuff mounted in their windshield.
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The clause reads:

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A 9500 or Max may have a GPS inside it (and would be covered by the first half of the clause), but its purpose is not to provide navigation or routing information. It does not have maps and doesn't even show your GPS coordinates, therefore it fails the second part.

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The clause does not quantify that the GPS device must provide any particular data other than navigation information. Speed is navigational information. Therefore, the display of the vehicle's speed technically is sufficient to meet the clause until decided otherwise by a court decision.
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I have been following this thread for a bit now and thought of replying a couple of times about something I ran across when I first started researching radar detectors, this:
http://www.afn.org/~afn09444/scanlaw...shieldlaw.html
and
http://scannerlaws.blogspot.com/
and
http://scannerlaws.blogspot.com/2010...indshield.html

the dates on the sites are a couple years old and from what I gather the CHP has lightened up after all the publicity but you know how some of the popo do not seem to get the message (or choose to ignore it). YMMV
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no doubt, if you ever get a ticket for having an RD in florida (not on a military base) The judge would laugh that officer out of the court room. RDs are as legal as they could be in Florida.
And every other state as well, except for military bases and VA/DC. Cali limits what you can have on WS so people use bean bag / dash mounts etc.
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Moving this to the more appropriate General Detector section.
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Minnesota also has a law about mounting things on your windshield. RD's are legal... just not on the windshield.
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Default I got a ticket in Florida for a radar detector.

I just got a ticket yesterday in Fort Myers, FL, for having a radar detector. I'll try to upload a copy of the ticket. The ticket says "violation of traffic control device" and is $161.00
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