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Nova Scotia and radar detectors

Planning a trip to Nova Scotia in late August. My bike has a V1 radar detector mounted on a shelf.
Is this allowed there?
Riding through Virginia, I will have the same challenge but only for one day as opposed to 5-6 days through Canada.
Any advice?

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Planning a trip to Nova Scotia in late August. My bike has a V1 radar detector mounted on a shelf.

Is this allowed there?

Riding through Virginia, I will have the same challenge but only for one day a opposed to 5-6 days through Canada.

Any advice?


For Virgina only, unplug the unit (obviously if you can). The law says “use” which means operate. Pull the plug open the back of the unit and stuff it somewhere. You are unlikely to get stopped for 2 reasons... A radar detector detector will not see you (yes, we sneaky popo have them), and (2), with out of state plates and an unplugged unit, no LEO in his right mind would ticket you because the judge would not only dismiss it, the judge would likely embarrass the officer/trooper/deputy in court.


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For Virgina only, unplug the unit (obviously if you can). The law says “use” which means operate. Pull the plug open the back of the unit and stuff it somewhere. You are unlikely to get stopped for 2 reasons... A radar detector detector will not see you (yes, we sneaky popo have them), and (2), with out of state plates and an unplugged unit, no LEO in his right mind would ticket you because the judge would not only dismiss it, the judge would likely embarrass the officer/trooper/deputy in court.


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Family lives in VA and yes, they DO have radar detector detectors. If you fail to disable it and get pulled over, they will take it from you as well as ticket you. Ask me how I know

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In VA if they find it they will confiscate it even if it is not plugged in.

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In VA if they find it they will confiscate it even if it is not plugged in.


Not supposed to based on a recent court decision.


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Planning a trip to Nova Scotia in late August. My bike has a V1 radar detector mounted on a shelf.
Is this allowed there?
Riding through Virginia, I will have the same challenge but only for one day as opposed to 5-6 days through Canada.
Any advice?
Radar detectors are illegal in most provinces of Canada except the western provinces.
Not sure which but in some provinces, the simple possession is also illegal.
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Re: Nova Scotia and radar detectors

I don't know about other provinces but here in Ontario you are subject to seizure plus a $200 or so fine, my brother-in-law had his seized but because he did not argue about it the officer did not ticket him. Just possessing it would result in seizure but why would the police be aware of it so if it is in you luggage I can't see the danger of you losing it would be very high. Years ago when radar detectors where more popular here the police use to sit on bridges and turn the radar on then a second cruiser would stop cars that stepped on the brakes at that moment.

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You are on vacation. You are cruising, and want to absorb as much view as you can.
So why have the radar detector with you, and not obey the law? Are you in a hurry,
as is the case at home? Relax, forget the time, and enjoy your ride! Nova Scotia is nice
and peaceful. Not much traffic, but watch for the winds as you enter the province, and
fog in Halifax. Enjoy your trip!
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You are on vacation. You are cruising, and want to absorb as much view as you can.
So why have the radar detector with you, and not obey the law? Are you in a hurry,
as is the case at home? Relax, forget the time, and enjoy your ride! Nova Scotia is nice
and peaceful. Not much traffic, but watch for the winds as you enter the province, and
fog in Halifax. Enjoy your trip!
I used to wonder how riding buddies could enjoy riding dirt bikes with me that never wanted to ride the tough stuff or turn the throttle hard, etc. Finally dawned on me that however they enjoy riding is up to them, not me .... who am I to think enjoyable riding for them is only at the pace or on the terrain I enjoy. Ride your own ride ... if you enjoy riding at a slower pace that is good, if someone else enjoys their ride at a different pace than you, that is fine as well.

The question was about the legality of possessing a radar detector and I think the OP is to be commended for attempting to educate himself regarding the law in your fine Country before visiting. You ask why "not obey the law" ... I think that is exactly what he was attempting to do by asking the question.
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Zero knowledge about your question but I'd like to wish you a great ride. A long time ago (before I met them) a group of my riding buddies when to Eastern Canada, they were still raving about the ride years later. Major jealousy. Given your location I'm sure you will be ready for rain, just be ready for a little lower temps than Georgia

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Re: Nova Scotia and radar detectors

Unfortunately the trip had to be cancelled...
I lieu of it I may attempt a couple of IBA rides once the big storm is over.
Thank you for all the replies, and yes I was inquiring about the laws in Canada, and not planning on speeding; my V1 is semi permanently mounted on the bike and it would be a pill to take it off when entering "enemy" territory only to put it back on when exiting.
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Unfortunately the trip had to be cancelled...
I lieu of it I may attempt a couple of IBA rides once the big storm is over.
Does your new deck float??

Seriously, I hope you stay dry!

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my V1 is semi permanently mounted on the bike and it would be a pill to take it off when entering "enemy" territory only to put it back on when exiting
Maybe you could make a cover to put over it . Kind of like the way us fat guys were Hawaii'n shirts...If you can't hide it, decorate it
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Does your new deck float??

Seriously, I hope you stay dry!
So far so good, and the rain has not hit yet.

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Maybe you could make a cover to put over it . Kind of like the way us fat guys were Hawaii'n shirts...If you can't hide it, decorate it
Having had roadside conversations with the authorities I develop the technique of nonchalantly putting my gloves on the shelf where the V1 lives...
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The question was about the legality of possessing a radar detector and I think the OP is to be commended for attempting to educate himself regarding the law in your fine Country before visiting. You ask why "not obey the law" ... I think that is exactly what he was attempting to do by asking the question.
My friend, if one intends to obey the law, needs no radar detector! If the law allows you to use a radar detector, that means
the law allows you to brake the law as long as you don't get caught! So, I don't see your point. As I mentioned, by riding with
the speed limit, you get the chance to see more of the surroundings. It is all new, you are on vacation, so take your time and
enjoy it! Different when you are at home, know every street, every tree and every bump on the road. That is where one may
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[B][/B]But "Officer Dave"...this ain't no radar detector...it lets me know I'm approaching a grocery store in time to slow down put on my signal and turn in without getting rear-ended!!! (Worth a try?)

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My friend, if one intends to obey the law, needs no radar detector! If the law allows you to use a radar detector, that means
the law allows you to brake the law as long as you don't get caught! So, I don't see your point. As I mentioned, by riding with
the speed limit, you get the chance to see more of the surroundings. It is all new, you are on vacation, so take your time and
enjoy it! Different when you are at home, know every street, every tree and every bump on the road. That is where one may
need a radar detector...
My point is this ... it is legal in 49 of 50 states down here to use one, and many folks have them ... and they aren’t cheap. It sounds like mere possession of one in Canada puts you at risk of losing an expensive electronic item as well as a ticket (that probably isn’t cheap either). Asking fellow riders in another country what the laws are with regards to possession of a radar detector seems like a reasonable question to me.

When I rode up into Canada last summer, I left behind several items I normally carry on my bike trips in the States, to avoid getting on the wrong side of the law. I have no reason not to believe this gentleman was doing the same.

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Unfortunately the trip had to be cancelled...
I lieu of it I may attempt a couple of IBA rides once the big storm is over.
Thank you for all the replies, and yes I was inquiring about the laws in Canada, and not planning on speeding; my V1 is semi permanently mounted on the bike and it would be a pill to take it off when entering "enemy" territory only to put it back on when exiting.
To bad you missed a nice trip, hopefully will get the chance next year. Am sure you will enjoy it. And no, we are not "enemy" territory just because radar detectors and guns are not legal. And by the way, the police officers have common sense, if you are polite with them, as you expect anyone else to be with you: If you just disconnect the detector, making it not functional, no officer will bother you. Most likely nobody will even stop you, unless you deserve it.

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My point is this ... it is legal in 49 of 50 states down here to use one, and many folks have them ... and they aren’t cheap. It sounds like mere possession of one in Canada puts you at risk of losing an expensive electronic item as well as a ticket (that probably isn’t cheap either). Asking fellow riders in another country what the laws are with regards to possession of a radar detector seems like a reasonable question to me.

When I rode up into Canada last summer, I left behind several items I normally carry on my bike trips in the States, to avoid getting on the wrong side of the law. I have no reason not to believe this gentleman was doing the same.
Your point is right, and tend to believe so is mine. I have had several trips in US and never had to leave anything behind, that I usually carry with me, other than
the colorful money that we have!
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