This is my first post here
Very nice forum with plenty of information with the help of the search button heh
I was living in Northern Alberta, got my first speeding ticket on a non-major route highway working construction driving 140 KM there and back each day paving highways.
Was 130 km/hr while passing someone in a 100 km/hr Zone
Not Much I could say to him
Got a Valentine One Radar Detector after weeks of research and looking at tests
Ending up getting version 3.864, just below the most current version directly from Valentine Research.
The Detector has saved me countless times doing 10-15 over PSL on major highways for the last year, rough estimate I would say is $2000-3000
I moved to Calgary recently for the last year, and its been crazy in regards to Photo Radar signs, Photo Vans, New Red Light Intersections with Speed Cameras.
Avoided tickets here since till the last day
I got caught with a LIDAR in the Beddington Trail NW heading South Bound Above Stoney Trail last week.
He was hiding on the Corner by Hidden Valley Link and Beddington Trail
I won't lie, I was doing my usual 10-15 km/hr coming off the exit ramp to beddington due to traffic leaving the lights 100 FT behind me and I wanted to stay ahead because I had to cross 4 Lanes of Traffic with Exit lane to head for the PetroCan for Gas.
Sure Enough, I didn't have any Veil at the time applied. Had some since last year, the new G4 Stuff.
Valentine One goes Nuts as soon as I make it over the last lane to the exit lane on the other side, I knew I was screwed instantly.
Pull over, not to worried about a 2 Demerit Point Ticket.
Office pulls me over with his night baton stuff and steps out in 4 Lanes of traffic to cut me off and pull me over, gives me a ticket for 80 km/hr in a 60 km/hr Zone.
I ask that isn't possible, I was doing 70-75 Tops, your gun is broken
He tells me to fight it in court, boom went after the next guy.
I parked there for half hour watching him, he has no tripod setup at all, using his hand to hold it. Pulling over people on a record basis.
I go decide to check my Speedometer against his reading, check it with my Iphone 3G Speed App I got. At 80 km/hr, my Speedometer is out 3-4 km/hr.
Tested multiple times, then a pickup truck, speedometer matched my phone the whole way.
Tells me the officer gave me a larger ticket than I should have got, increased the Demerits to 3. Not to happy about this, tells me just how dirty the Calgary Police Service is when it comes to giving out Tickets.
Think I will start calling them the Calgary Revenue Service cause they sure aren't doing their jobs lying on tickets and adding KM to it for more money to give to the City of Calgary cause their budget isn't what it used to be, so crack down on speeders usual BS.
Anyways, that my intro to the forum
Long read but had to vent a bit about it, still pissed and undecided yet if im fighting this ticket or paying it, cause I know LIDAR tickets are a real hard thing to argue and beat in court compared to radar.
Have a good one