It has been many years since I have gotten a ticket but while trying a new route home from work, I drove right into a speed trap. What is so unusual about this experience is that I received NO alert from my X50.
I am cresting a hill with a blind sharp curve, and then SURPRISE! An LEO is parked behind a bush on the shoulder in a perfect positon just a couple hundred feet directly ahead and he's pointing at me.
My instinctive reaction is to jab the brake pedal and slow car down.... due to the curve, the car wiggles a bit when I brake so the officer probably knew I saw him. Next I quickly glance down at my speed.... not too bad 57 MPH and dropping. Then I glance up at my X50 stealthly mounted above the rear view mirror..... NO Alerts. WHEW, maybe I am not an interesting target (I think to myself). I pass the LEO and he immediately pulls onto the road... real BAD sign.
I end up with a ticket for 55 in a 45 zone. So I thought that I had to be nailed with LIDAR because there was NO warning from the X50. Later that day I notice the ticket indicated radar was used. I am shocked because the X50 pickups radar miles in advance and there was no indication of radar in this close range encounter.
My X50 settings are X off, POP off. Then I think "Uh-oh" which one was it???
I am in Austin TX... hard to imagine they are using X and I have not heard of POP here. I have been driving with these settings for a year with no issues and enjoying being relatively free from false alarms.
Maybe it is time to reconfigure.... or did my X50 just miss?