Speed Defense Myth: You Have the Right to Inspect the Tuning Forks on the Side of the Road

False. You don’t have the right to see the tuning forks on the side of the road.

For people that aren’t familiar with them, tuning forks are what the officers use for their daily radar calibration check. They’re actually musical tuning forks that resonate at designated frequencies, and the officers use the forks to check to make sure the radar is picking up the right frequency.

This is similar to seeing the radar or LIDAR unit: there is no Virginia law or policy that I’m aware of that requires officers to show you. It’s a myth.

More importantly, some officers would be quite upset if you asked to see the tuning forks or the radar on the side of the road. Most of them, I think, would just simply deny the request if you asked nicely, but some drivers get very adamant and upset about not being able to see these things. That simply goes against one of my cardinal rules for traffic stops, which is to always be polite.

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