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Are Radar Detectors Legal in PA?

Avoiding confrontations and dealings with police is generally a good idea. From potential tickets and fines to court fees and jail time ? speeding can lead to significant financial hardships and potential criminal charges. While we never recommend speeding, it is a common practice and knowing how to keep yourself out of trouble is often important. Below, we take a look at the speeding laws in the state of Pennsylvania (PA), and whether or not using a radar detector there is a good idea.

Speeding in PA

PA has two types of speeding laws. Violating either of these laws can get you in trouble with the law.

Basic Speeding Law

The first, known as ?basic speeding law? prohibits you from driving at speeds that are considered ?greater than is reasonable and prudent?. Basic speeding law takes into account the existing conditions, in addition to the speed at which you were driving. In addition to your speed and the conditions, you must also be able to bring your vehicle to a complete stop ?within the assured clear distance ahead.? What does this mean to you? Let?s take the speed of 55 miles per hour (mph) as an example. On a bright sunny day, if you are driving a well-maintained Toyota Corolla, 55 mph on an open highway would be considered safe. Driving the same car on the same roads at 55 mph in the middle of an ice or snow storm, however, would be considered unsafe.

This law is dictated by 75 Pa. Stat. and Cons. Stat. Ann.