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  • Uniden R3

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  • Valentine One

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  • Waze app alone

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  • Don't speed and you won't need one!

    Votes: 2 18.2%

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I would like to start a discussion based on personal experience with specific radar detectors. You can read all the reviews and rating on the web, but there is nothing like personal experience.

Please only vote in the poll if you have experience with that particular detector.

Thanks in advance for the input!
 

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Hey Sling ding-a-ling, why waste your money on something like a radar detector. It's cheaper to drive the speed limit and it gives us Sling owners a good image that we obey the posted speed limits. That's my opinion as a guy with is retired but served 36 years in local, state and federal law enforcement. I have never owned a radar detector and never plan to own one.
 

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Hey Sling ding-a-ling, why waste your money on something like a radar detector. It's cheaper to drive the speed limit and it gives us Sling owners a good image that we obey the posted speed limits. That's my opinion as a guy with is retired but served 36 years in local, state and federal law enforcement. I have never owned a radar detector and never plan to own one.
I knew that comment was coming. :) I'm sure there will be a couple more. BTW Radar detectors are just for reminding you to check your speed.....right? ;)
 

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I would like to start a discussion based on personal experience with specific radar detectors. You can read all the reviews and rating on the web, but there is nothing like personal experience.

Please only vote in the poll if you have experience with that particular detector.

Thanks in advance for the input!
Do not use any of them. First issue is that if a cop sees one in the vehicle you WILL get a summons no matter how fast or slow you are going over the speed limit. Second issue, You need to watch for LIDAR and RADAR. There is absolutely nothing you can do to prevent a rear clock. The RADAR units have a toggle switch on the antenna that can turn the Doppler wave on and off and if you are clocked from the rear as you pass a stationary unit, by the time your idiot box alerts you, it is too late. On the LIDAR issue, again your unit will not pickup a signal until after you have been targeted. Basically, it is a waste of time and money. Laser guns can be hand held from any position and you do not need it to be plugged into a car to work. Basically, a cop can hide behind a rock and radio cars ahead to pull you over. This is a common practice all over the USA.
 

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Do not use any of them. First issue is that if a cop sees one in the vehicle you WILL get a summons no matter how fast or slow you are going over the speed limit. Second issue, You need to watch for LIDAR and RADAR. There is absolutely nothing you can do to prevent a rear clock. The RADAR units have a toggle switch on the antenna that can turn the Doppler wave on and off and if you are clocked from the rear as you pass a stationary unit, by the time your idiot box alerts you, it is too late. On the LIDAR issue, again your unit will not pickup a signal until after you have been targeted. Basically, it is a waste of time and money. Laser guns can be hand held from any position and you do not need it to be plugged into a car to work. Basically, a cop can hide behind a rock and radio cars ahead to pull you over. This is a common practice all over the USA.
Popular argument by people who don't use them. The bottom line is, I know a lot of people who have one, speed most of the time, and are ticket free. Most installations are very discrete and cops don't even know you have one if you do it right. They are illegal in Virginia and people still use them there and don't get busted.
The nice thing about the Uniden and the Valentine is the range. If a cop is zapping cars ahead of you, you have time to react. Sometimes several miles in advance. As far as the "cop behind the rock"? That is why people use detectors in conjunction with the Waze app. And yes, cops use planes and a stop watch. They pace you in an unmarked vehicle. They borrow the Russian spy satellites and follow you. yes yes yes.
If it saves you from one or two tickets, it pays for itself. If you choose to "never speed". Ha! I challenge you. If you really don't, I hope you enjoy your boring drive to church 7 days a week.
 

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Popular argument by people who don't use them. The bottom line is, I know a lot of people who have one, speed most of the time, and are ticket free. Most installations are very discrete and cops don't even know you have one if you do it right. They are illegal in Virginia and people still use them there and don't get busted.
The nice thing about the Uniden and the Valentine is the range. If a cop is zapping cars ahead of you, you have time to react. Sometimes several miles in advance. As far as the "cop behind the rock"? That is why people use detectors in conjunction with the Waze app. And yes, cops use planes and a stop watch. They pace you in an unmarked vehicle. They borrow the Russian spy satellites and follow you. yes yes yes.
If it saves you from one or two tickets, it pays for itself. If you choose to "never speed". Ha! I challenge you. If you really don't, I hope you enjoy your boring drive to church 7 days a week.
I speak from experience. I used to write 150 per month and saw plenty of detectors out there. Like I said, you believe a signal stays on and you can spot it miles away. I say B.S. and no cop keeps radar or a laser streaming. On an interstate you could be picking up signals from local cops driving nearby. When we did RADAR details, we had one car hidden that would radio ahead and none of them had any idea where the spotter was. On LIDAR, you can only pickup a signal if the gun is activated.
 

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I speak from experience. I used to write 150 per month and saw plenty of detectors out there. Like I said, you believe a signal stays on and you can spot it miles away. I say B.S. and no cop keeps radar or a laser streaming. On an interstate you could be picking up signals from local cops driving nearby. When we did RADAR details, we had one car hidden that would radio ahead and none of them had any idea where the spotter was. On LIDAR, you can only pickup a signal if the gun is activated.
You're right. Darn it. :banghead: When will I learn not to argue with you? You are always right. :blackeye:

@everyone else: Please disregard the entire existence of this thread.
 

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Hey Sling ding-a-ling, why waste your money on something like a radar detector. It's cheaper to drive the speed limit and it gives us Sling owners a good image that we obey the posted speed limits. That's my opinion as a guy with is retired but served 36 years in local, state and federal law enforcement. I have never owned a radar detector and never plan to own one.
I agree but wont sit here and lie and say I do the speed limit, if i wanted to do the speed limit ill take the bus....
 

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I used to use the Tomcat handheld Radar Gun But was also trained on visual estimations and I would just sit and visually catch em doing above 75 in a 30 zone ( I always gave everyone to 50mph anything over and you were mines ) and would just press the trigger and lock the speed in and begin my chase, now i dont care what kind of detector you have , it wouldnt help you..............90 % of my speeders were women, they have no clue their foot is pressed down and they are doing their speeds, so they say.........
 

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Highway 199 on list of most dangerous highways in the country - KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

I travel this highway every day to work................Most deaths from speeding................ already 3 fatalities this year.............two of those fatalities were the victims of the speeders.......... need I say more?

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.......actually 5 fatalities, sorry for the misinformation. Whoa, just on the news now it was reported that the highway was closed down for several hours last night with another head-on collision, that number may be revised by now...............

Our "Death Highway", as it has become known, has a speed limit of 55 MPH, but the Interstates out here west have speed limits of 70 to 80mph, common knowledge is that 5 MPH over will not be cited, that is fast enough in unpredictable public traffic and off of the controlled track.

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.......actually 5 fatalities, sorry for the misinformation. Whoa, just on the news now it was reported that the highway was closed down for several hours last night with another head-on collision, that number may be revised by now...............

Our "Death Highway", as it has become known, has a speed limit of 55 MPH, but the Interstates out here west have speed limits of 70 to 80mph, common knowledge is that 5 MPH over will not be cited, that is fast enough in unpredictable public traffic and off of the controlled track.

Bill
The unwritten rule on Interstates is 71 in a 55 or 81 in a 65mph. Once you crack that level, you get a prize.
 

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I use speed control all the time but I still miss the odd change in speed limits. My GPS usually tells me the correct speed for the road but I do not watch it continuously. If my radar goes off I double check the GPS against my speedo just to be sure and my whistler remote unit does much more than just speed checks, it gives me direction, traffic warnings, speed camera and accident warnings. Because the head is weatherproof and remote, I only have the small LED readout placed under the dash lip next to the Tach.
 

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I agree that a good radar detector is a good item to have. As someone else mentioned it can remind you to check your speed before you get into a situation where you might would otherwise receive a "fast driving award". Unfortunately there are those officers out there who automatically assume that because you have a detector you are intent on speeding and will take any opportunity to teach you a lesson. For that reason I suggest getting one of the remote mounted ones and make sure that it is powered from a switch located in an inconspicuous location.

While I'm at the podium let me add that the police officer who sits hidden in a school zone running radar checking the speed of vehicles leaving the school zone is useless. If he or she actually cared about the kids safety they would be set up checking speeds coming into the school zone not leaving it and I do not hesitate to share that opinion with my brothers in blue. We take an oath to uphold the criminal code as well as the traffic code but just a little common sense can go a long way!
 
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