Windsor

OPP see 'consistent' use of radar detectors on 401 in Chatham-Kent

The OPP say around 20 drivers get caught each month using radar detectors along the stretch of Highway 401 that runs through Chatham-Kent.

OPP Const. Jay Denorer says around 20 people caught using devices every month

OPP Const. Jay Denorer says that some 20 people are caught using radar detectors each month along the stretch of Highway 401 that runs through Chatham-Kent in southwestern Ontario. (Canadian Press File Photo)

It doesn't matter what your excuse is, because you're not allowed to be using one in Ontario.

Yet OPP Const. Jay Denorer says around 20 drivers are caught every month using radar detectors along the part of Highway 401 that runs through Chatham-Kent.

"That's been consistent the last couple of years," Denorer said, referring to the double-digit monthly total in an interview with CBC Radio's Windsor Morning.

He's seen U.S. drivers claim they did not know the devices were illegal in the province.

But Denorer said that even if that is the case, those same drivers have missed a glaring clue to the contrary when they entered the country.

"There is a big sign, as you cross over into Canada, at the border, saying the use of radar units is illegal in Ontario," said Denorer.

But Denorer said it's not just Americans who are using them, but also people who live on this side of the border.

"What I'm finding and what our officers are finding more now is that people from Ontario are actually buying and using radar detectors," he said.

Denorer said a person caught using a radar detector is subject to a $175 fine and the device will be seized.

If the owner does not dispute the charge, Denorer said these seized units are then destroyed once an appeal period has passed.

Combined with the fine, a seizure can be costly for the owner, depending on the type of device in question. Denorer said "more sophisticated units" that include a GPS and dash cam can cost $400 or more to purchase.

With files from the CBC’s Tony Doucette and CBC Radio’s Afternoon Drive