I recently did something really stupid in Jefferson County Colorado - I put my trust in my 955 and blew right past a well know speed trap at full throttle.
I'm not surprised I got the maximum point citation - however I'm rather shocked that my 955 never even peeped in nearly a mile of possible radar tracking distance.
Before pulling over, I quickly put my detector under the seat - so the officer didn't know I had one. I was polite and didn't specifically admit to going that fast. I tried to be vague to his questioning. After he gave me the ticket, I asked about the equipment he was using - the officer said he was using a Talon Radar (didn't mention series I or II). He actually pronounced it "Tailon - you know - like the bird ..." :-) He was lined up at about a 25 degree angle to the freeway I was traveling on - and below the road surface on a small dead-end side road - although he did have a nice shot at traffic from that vantage point about 1 mile downstream. They wait there nearly twice a week.
... anyway he said all the details equipment details will be provided to me at my first hearing/discovery.
Anybody had a similar situation against a "Tailon" :-)? using any Vector detectors - I mean not a peep from the 955. I had it in City-LoX mode - not the most sensitive mode obviously ... My understanding is that Colorado PDs only uses K and Ka anyway. I would think with the LOOOOOOONG line of sight, the 955 would have at least beeped - even if it was already too late. I know it works from all the false signals I get (and the occasional real signal).
Does this sound like a case of the officer just visually estimated my speed - then claimed he used the Talon - or is the 955 just a big POS?
I know it's my fault for laying into the throttle - I just wish I was driving something more exiting than a stock enginesd 90 civic at the time. At least if I was driving an old 928 and been slightly under the influence - I'd have had a better excuse than saying "I fought with my wife" or "I was running late for work". Is there a known case where someone successfully used the lack of a detected radar signal as evidence against an officers radar reading testimony?
This was by far the dumbest ticket I ever got - and I'll be lucky to keep my license and insurance after this.
Word of advice - NEVER, EVER get "on it" without having some traffic in front of you to run interference. Better yet, just never get "on it" like this in the first place.
Does anybody know of a place currently leasing Kustom Talon guns (mail order) or some other Ka guns? All I could find on the web was K band rentals. Or does anyone know of a meet-n-greet in the Denver area where I can at least validate my 955's still works? I wrote Beltronics about my doubts (politely) about the 955's performance - they NEVER responded. Very disappointed. They could have at least offered to test it for a fee. Instead - no response.
I'd like to know how good the Talon works around trees.
For my own enjoyment, I'd like to test a Talon or other Ka gun from the LEO's vantage point. Not only are there trees in the way from his vantage point, but he was also 120 ft off the main road and pointed at 25 degrees toward the flow of traffic - and below the road surface. If he caught me in the window where I emerged from behind the trees - then by the cosine error induced by 25 degrees, I would have had to been doing like 107mph - an impossibility in my 18 year old honda with 175k miles on the clock and at thin oxygen at 5280 altitude.
If nothing else - it would give me the satisfaction of knowing that the LEO was not being honest - visually estimated my speed (conveniently 1 mph above to get the minimum speed for a maxium 12 point violation) while claiming he got me on the Talon ...
For what it's worth - below is a representation of the scene ... I'm adding a spread sheet snapshot of cosine error I created. You can use the percentage and angle to calculate radar error based on the LEO's angle to the road ... I used 70 mph as a baseline.