Thread: Radar detectors
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      10-24-2012, 06:33 PM   #5

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Originally Posted by Greenkirby21 View Post
2 things:

1) radar
2) laser

radar is easy to detect for radar detectors because cop cars can only scan a few(i.e 1-2 cars) at a time. They are continuously sending out a signal so it is easy for the detector to spot from far away(like a mile).

laser - you are screwed. That is a light beam that they specifically target your car with. Its a handheld gun that they point at your car. You hvae maybe 1 second to react, and that is if the cop car decides to laser you twice to make sure he has an accurate reading. Either way, with laser you are screwed.

Luckily, most cop cars do not use laser. If they do, they are the cop cars that are at specific speed trap locations and they have to be parked to point their handheld guns out the window.

Also, a radar detector can protect you from laser somewhat if there is a car or two ahead of you. It will pick up any bounced off signals from the laser gun when the cop hit the car ahead of you. That being said, we are still talking about a few seconds of reaction time.

I've had a radar detector for 4 years now. Never gotten a ticket. Of course, a radar detector does not mean you can drive stupid. Half of the battle is learning where cops commonly like to hide, and not speeding excessively.

Even with a radar detector, I only go max 10 mph over the speedlimit.
Radar vs laser... Makes sense. I think in my neck of the woods most cops use regular radars, they park in a protected area of the highway and just wait.

10 mph is really not much above the speed limit at all. I don't know what state you're in but around here (Philly suburbs) you would be hard-pressed to find someone doing less than 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. Sometimes I'm cruising on the left lane at 80 mph and I still get cars tailgating me wanting to do more... Cops seem to tolerate this. As long as you're flowing with the traffic things are ok I guess. Never got a speeding ticket. Well yes I did once near Baltimore on the I-95, under suspicious conditions, I still don't know why I was targeted and not the other 100 cars doing the same speed. I was so unsuspecting the cop in an unmarked car had to chase me for 1 mile and after a while I was like "wait is that for ME? WTF", then I pulled over and the cop was all worked up haha.