Are Police Scanners Legal To Use?

Police scanners are radio products that are designed to tune into the direct frequencies used by police. Because of this, they allow you to listen in on emergency communication services and even detect if there is a speed trap nearby while driving.

Listening in on police scanners can be a hobby for a lot of people that enjoy hearing what is going on around them. There are different kinds of police radios that can effectively allow you to do so. However, the legality of these products is not necessarily known by all that use them.

Below, we will be going over some of the legalities of a police scanner.

Where It’s Illegal To Use Police Scanners While Driving

If you are someone that is looking to invest in a police scanner to use in your car, you want to be sure that you are going to be using them in a place that deems them legal to use while driving. There are a bunch of states that deem police scanners illegal to use while driving. These states are Florida, Indiana, New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

While each state has their own description of the law, they all restrict the use of police scanners while the car is in operation and while driving. The main reason these laws are in place is to prevent those that are driving to circumvent speed traps designed to enforce the law on the road.

Using A Police Scanner During A Crime

There are also a bunch of states that restrict the use of these scanners in order to assist in a crime. The states where it is illegal in such circumstances are New Jersey, Michigan, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, Nebraska, West Virginia, and South Dakota. If you use a scanner to further assist in a crime in these states, you will be able to be charged in addition to the crime that you are caught for.

To Conclude

Overall, there are a lot of things to know about scanners and their legal usage. While not all states have outlawed the use of scanners, you want to be sure that you are not actively using scanners where they are illegal. This includes driving from state to state.

When driving, it’s important to be aware of the local laws of the states that you are driving through because you might go from one state where it is perfectly legal to another where it is prohibited. By understanding the local laws of the states you are driving, you should be able to avoid getting in trouble.

Guest post by Brian Wallace of Walkie-Talkie Central.