Traffic Tip: Radar interference devices
By David Brogger
Oct. 20, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.
This week's traffic tip is in regards to the Texas Transportation Code 547.616, Radar Interference Devices.
Sec. 547.616. Radar interference devices; offense.
(a) In this section, "radar interference device" means a device, a mechanism, an instrument or equipment that is designed, manufactured, used or intended to be used to interfere with, scramble, disrupt or otherwise cause to malfunction a radar or laser device used to measure the speed of a motor vehicle by a law enforcement agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state, including a "radar jamming device," "jammer," "scrambler" or "diffuser." The term does not include a ham radio, band radio or similar electronic device.
(b) A person, other than a law enforcement officer in the discharge of the officer's official duties, may not use, attempt to use, install, operate or attempt to operate a radar interference device in a motor vehicle operated by the person.
(c) A person may not purchase, sell or offer for sale a radar interference device to be used in a manner described by Subsection (b).
(d) A person who violates this section commits an offense. An offense under this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor.
Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?
A Victoria Police Department officer recently pulled over a car after estimating the speed to be higher than the posted limit. The officer was going to verify the speed using his radar, however, he was unable to obtain a valid speed reading on the vehicle for unknown reasons. A traffic stop was made on the vehicle and it was discovered that the vehicle had a radar interference device mounted in the front grill. The driver claimed that the device was installed at the factory. After contacting the factory, which is a very reputable auto manufacturer, it was discovered that the device was not installed at the factory. So, if you have a radar interference device on your vehicle, you can be cited for violation of state law and the device would be seized.
The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.
If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic SafetyUnit, at 361-485-3700.