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Radar Detector? Really? What are you living in the eighties? Do police departments even have radars anymore?:scared:

If you get tagged by a laser, it's too late.
Actually yeah I'm doing my best to live in the eighties.

That's why I bought this car, kept the 18" wheels, and crank Blondie as loud as I can.

Now if i can just get my wife to feather her hair then we're in business :browsmiley:

So far no luck, she just looks at me funny..but that's ok :thumbsup:
 

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My Valentine One has saved me many times. It's still the only one that will tell you which direction the radar is coming from. This is extremely useful out on the highway to know whether he is behind or ahead of you. And I can't tell you how many times I've passed a cop on the side of the road with a victim already pulled over and then my V1 has alerted me to another cop ahead while continuing to show the non-threat behind me by way of it's arrows and bogey counter.

True, it doesn't help much for laser so you still need to keep an eye out for unusual situations ahead, like dudes standing on overpasses, unmarked cars on the side, etc. But when there is a pack of chase cars just over the hill from the laser dude, some of them will still leave their radars on, giving away the trap.
 

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Is it safe to leave the detector turned on and let it go on and off with the car? If so it would be sweet. Can I run a spliter in the center consul lighter outlet so I can run my tom tom and my hand held CB on trips?
Yes and yes.
 

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My Valentine One has saved me many times. It's still the only one that will tell you which direction the radar is coming from.
I've heard that Valentines dual antenna patent is coming due and we will see a lot more of these type of detectors out there soon.
 

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Radar Detector? Really? What are you living in the eighties? Do police departments even have radars anymore?:scared:

If you get tagged by a laser, it's too late.
My detector has saved me countless times where radar was in use. With instant-on radar in wide spread use, you still have to be vigilant. If there's traffic in front of you being zapped and you have a good detector, you'll know it. If you're the first one to cross the hill, have good reflexes and are used to instant braking when the detector alerts you, you can still reduce your calculated speed. I think you typically have about 2 seconds (for radar).

Do they still have radar units? If you had a detector, you'd know that the vast majority of the speed detectors in use today are still radar, not optical. Lasers are expensive to buy, expensive to train for and require much more effort on the part of the LEO to use accurately. I've had less than a dozen laser alarms in five years of constant use of a laser capable detector. However, I pick up radar several times a day if I'm traveling any distance. Many GPS detectors "learn" false positives and block them (my Passport 9500ix does), so most of these are real radar (not alarm systems or motion detectors) and I will often spot the patrol car after the alarm.

That being said, if your detector does alert you to laser, it might be time to just pull over and get your ticket. At one laser alert, I saw the officer crouched by the open door of his car by the side of the Interstate. Traffic in the right lanes will help since they will likely block the required line of site to the front of your car. The laser works best with a flat surface such as a front license plate.

With a detector, a lot of what you'll avoid are likely to be small town LEOs in 25 or 35 MPH zones often where the speed limit changes from 55 to 35. They're doing their part to help the small town budget at your expense. The fine is not what bothers me so much. It's what it could possibly to do my points and insurance for years to come. Just one instance will likely more than pay for your detector and I can honestly say I have personally avoided MANY citations with the aid of my detector.

I've been using and Escort/Passport brand since 1986 when I got one for a 30 day trial period prior to an 1600 mile round-trip. It went off and saved me from a ticket within the first 200 miles and I was convinced. Many other brands are just as good I'm sure, maybe better, but I know theirs from experience so that's just my choice.

IMO if you think a detector is useless and don't always drive less than 10 MPH over the speed limit, the day will likely come when you'll wish you had made the investment and gotten used to how to respond to alerts (reflexes).

Just one more thing on my rant: I'm not suggesting that a detector is an excuse to drive recklessly or irresponsibly. Just a tool to help you be aware your surroundings.
 

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Actually yeah I'm doing my best to live in the eighties.

That's why I bought this car, kept the 18" wheels, and crank Blondie as loud as I can.

Now if i can just get my wife to feather her hair then we're in business :browsmiley:

So far no luck, she just looks at me funny..but that's ok :thumbsup:


Glad to see you've got a sense of humor :bigthumb:

I drive the same routes 75% of the time and, more or less, know where the cops hang out. We don't really have any hills in the chi-town area so there's no surprises. Mostly have to watch out for the state troopers on the shoulders of the highways. I got tagged a couple of years ago by a trooper with a lazer. No escaping that one. However, he put his face in my driver side window looking for any kind of contraband (open beer/liquor, pot,...) I don't drink/smoke when I drive so no problem there, though it was funny that he mistook my Italian good luck horn for a pipe. :huh:
 
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