Today I received a speeding ticket in Massachusetts.
How this has happened is still largely a mystery. I was driving to an important meeting at work, protected by my Beltronics Vector 995 radar detector. My mind was wandering a little due to the importance of the meeting I was going to, and my foot must have turned briefly to lead, because at one point I noticed a cop coming out onto the highway, gesturing me to pull over.
I dutifully pulled over, and even backed up a little so that the cop wouldn't have to follow behind me. The cop was amazingly polite (they are usually pretty rude toward me) as he asked me if I "knew" the speed limit in the state of Massachusetts. Of course I did (I work in the state), but as I said my mind was wandering; I had no idea how fast I was going.
Apparently I was going 30 miles over the speed limit (or so the cop claimed) and as a result received a rather stiff citation.
Don't get me wrong. I am not complaining here. I was caught speeding, I am guilty, I am not going to contest the citation. Massachusetts has a nice online system for paying for citations; I intend to use it as soon as I have the money.
What concerns me is that the cop used some kind of device which he apparently pointed at my car to determine my speed. A device which neither the radar nor the laser detection system in my Beltronics detector (which was on and set for Highway) detected.
Whatever this technology is, it certainly isn't radar. It isn't laser, either, because if it was, I still would have gotten the citation -- but my detector would have at least warned me that I was being painted.
As it was, I received no warning whatsoever. This means that the cops in Massachusetts have something new. And it is extremely effective.
This is not the first time I encountered this technology. I suspect that it won't be the last. How do you think I found out about the state's online payment system???
I wouldn't be surprised if this new technology soon started showing up in other states, if it hasn't already. I am hearing rumors of a new enforcement technology popping up in parts of New Hampshire -- a technology that sounds very similar to what I've experienced.
Does anyone out there have any idea what this technology is and how it works? More important, has anyone come up with a product that can counter it???
Someone please advise.