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Old 02-05-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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ok....which ones do you guys like?

i'm not one of those guys that tends to run the freeways at 95mph, but rather i tend to cruise around 75 or so.....which still leaves me being passed by a lot of traffic.
the fact is though, that unlike my dakota, or the caravan i drove till the tranny went kablooie, my mustang will not "blend" in.

it's been nearly 10 years since i've even considered one of these.

one that keeps catching my eye, is the"escort live" detector.

anyway.....opinions? and from those of you that're police.......are these things actually still effective against your guys radars?

once again, let me emphasize......i'm not one of those nutballs that drives around everywhere trying to do 95mph. i'm simply trying to let the other guy be the one to get nailed, rather than myself.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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You don't have to be a nutball driving around at 95 miles an hour to make good use of a radar detector. Sometimes you're just in a hurry, sometimes you're just thinking of other things, and your speed has crept up past where it should be. My radar detector saves my butt at least once a month, and usually around town, not on the highway. It has paid for itself so many times I don't even want to think about it.

Having said that, it's LASER that is the real concern, and that is being used more and more frequently. My Corvette is a little harder to tag with LASER because there's no plate on the front or flat headlights, but my Dodge Truck makes a huge flat target for a LASER gun. I've also been pulled over by a LEO who was backed up an on ramp and tagged me from behind - much better target. In any case, by the time a radar/LASER detector notifies you of a LASER hit, it's too late, because you don't get the spray off of other cars. If the detector senses it, you were the target. Your only hope is that in some states a LEO needs to have two hits showing a speed within 10% of each other within 5 seconds - so if you're hit and you CAN hit the brakes hard (without creating an accident) you can sometimes discourage them from pulling you over, because they know if you decide to take it to court, they won't have admissable evidence. I've also been pulled over (and actually went to court for) "slowing too fast on the highway" or some such obscure law when I did exactly that and the LEO knew he couldn't nail me with the speeding ticket. (I was respectful to the officer in court, and it was dismissed)

In my opinion, a GOOD radar/LASER detector is not only a good investment, it's required.

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Stay away from detectors that are sold at the big box stores.

Beltronics, Escort and Valentine 1 are all great detectors. I have an Escort and have been very happy. As long as you understand how they work and what to expect, you will not be disappointed. My father in law has an Escort 9500ix that uses GPS and you can filter out locations that you pass by alot to keep it from going on (like a fixed radar speed limit sign in your neighborhood). The Valentine 1 has the directional arrows to show you were the signal is coming from, which is also nice.
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You don't have to be a nutball driving around at 95 miles an hour to make good use of a radar detector. Sometimes you're just in a hurry, sometimes you're just thinking of other things, and your speed has crept up past where it should be. My radar detector saves my butt at least once a month, and usually around town, not on the highway. It has paid for itself so many times I don't even want to think about it.

Having said that, it's LASER that is the real concern, and that is being used more and more frequently. My Corvette is a little harder to tag with LASER because there's no plate on the front or flat headlights, but my Dodge Truck makes a huge flat target for a LASER gun. I've also been pulled over by a LEO who was backed up an on ramp and tagged me from behind - much better target.

In my opinion, a GOOD radar/LASER detector is not only a good investment, it's required.
Once laser is detected, it is too late. The only way to protect yourself against laser/lidar is to have a laser jammer.
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Laser usually has a couple of seconds of delay. I went thru LIDAR school a while back. Typically, you aim for the front bumper with a laser, and any type of obstruction or rapid movement takes the device longer to register. So you do have a small window of time. Honestly, radar feeds back a quicker signal since you don't have to put the reticle on a target. Just hang it out the window. Fog, rain, hinders the feedback on both devices though. Even the a/c in squad cars interfere.
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I have a belt 995 and it has saved me alot of times but there have be alot of other times where ive been pulled over and it didnt help one bit. Better than nothing i guess
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You don't have to be a nutball driving around at 95 miles an hour to make good use of a radar detector. Sometimes you're just in a hurry, sometimes you're just thinking of other things, and your speed has crept up past where it should be. My radar detector saves my butt at least once a month, and usually around town, not on the highway. It has paid for itself so many times I don't even want to think about it.

Having said that, it's LASER that is the real concern, and that is being used more and more frequently. My Corvette is a little harder to tag with LASER because there's no plate on the front or flat headlights, but my Dodge Truck makes a huge flat target for a LASER gun. I've also been pulled over by a LEO who was backed up an on ramp and tagged me from behind - much better target. I[b]n any case, by the time a radar/LASER detector notifies you of a LASER hit, it's too late, because you don't get the spray off of other [/B]cars. If the detector senses it, you were the target. Your only hope is that in some states a LEO needs to have two hits showing a speed within 10% of each other within 5 seconds - so if you're hit and you CAN hit the brakes hard (without creating an accident) you can sometimes discourage them from pulling you over, because they know if you decide to take it to court, they won't have admissable evidence. I've also been pulled over (and actually went to court for) "slowing too fast on the highway" or some such obscure law when I did exactly that and the LEO knew he couldn't nail me with the speeding ticket. (I was respectful to the officer in court, and it was dismissed)

In my opinion, a GOOD radar/LASER detector is not only a good investment, it's required.
bolded........so if you're a half mile in front of me, and they shoot you with laser, i won't get an alert like i would with radar?
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I have a cheap $50 Whistler brand radar detector, has saved me plenty of times. I live in a rural area so they dont really use much Laser mostly just radar, so it does me just fine.
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bolded........so if you're a half mile in front of me, and they shoot you with laser, i won't get an alert like i would with radar?
Correct. Think of it like this... Imagine a radar signal coming out of the gun like a cone < and the laser beam coming out as, well, a laser beam ---. The radar signal will scatter and disperse, which allows the radar detector to pick up the signal from a pretty good distance, but the laser beam is concentrated and doesn't disperse.
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I have a cheap $50 Whistler brand radar detector, has saved me plenty of times. I live in a rural area so they dont really use much Laser mostly just radar, so it does me just fine.
Its not that the cheap ones don't work.... they do work, just not as well as a better quality one. They have reduced sensitivity due to cheaper components used.
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$30 CB radio detects everything - Radar/Lidar/Laser - and even informs you of wrecks miles in advance
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$30 CB radio detects everything - Radar/Lidar/Laser - and even informs you of wrecks miles in advance
But like a radar detector, the CB and scanner will get you dirty looks every time you get pulled over. Your credibility goes out the window if a cop sees any gadgets.
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But like a radar detector, the CB and scanner will get you dirty looks every time you get pulled over. Your credibility goes out the window if a cop sees any gadgets.
However, I know where the cop is miles before any radar or laser detector would go off and roll by the cop at the speed limit.
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i don't have any issues using suction cups to mount anything on my windshield......but i'm kind of averse to mounting an antenna on my car, either permanent or temporary......
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I'm a fan of the Escort SOLO 2 (or 3) since they are cordless and can be hidden more easily. Especially with the larger rear view mirrors most newer cars have these days, I can hide mine just to right of the rear view and you can't see it from the driver side, you just have to study the different tones.
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