Haven't been on here in a while, and when I get a Laser hit, it made me think of this forum.
Anyways, my radar detector has had me second guessing it lately, for the range just seems like its decreasing. I actually had a case where I saw the LEO first, then got a reading. But I kept telling myself that its probably IO, that and mixed with a very dirty windshield right in front of the RD.
I passed my exit near my old house, so I decide to keep going and hit the gas station that was $2.54 / gallon. I'm going my normal 70 in a 60 using the rabbit in front of me, when I get a LASER hit. I immediately slow down to 60 while looking for the LEO. Turn out my rabbit was between me and the LEO, so I didn't see him for a few seconds.
If I remember correctly, thats a textbook encounter with LASER. The LASER beam is directed at the person in front of you, a small bit goes through their windshield and hits your detector, setting it off and giving you enough time to slow down.
Just wanted to share