The reason I started this thread is because of my recent mis-fortunes. Based upon my personal experience I felt detectors we only for those who travel cross country or stupid people who don't have to situational awareness. I'm a good drive who's managed 9 years since my last ticket. I used the following with a great deal of success for a long time:
- Know where they like to hang out (don't do dumb stuff on roads you're not familiar with).
- No sudden lane changes, swerving through traffic, or other actions that will attract attention when traveling above the PSL.
- Don't speed in heavy traffic (it doesn't work as you'll just get held up and right back with all the cars you just pissed off). Ultimately it's harder to see down the road for traps, unmarked vehicles, etc. Most importantly it's just dangerous!
- Just like with racing a road course, look past your direct field of vision, look through/past turns anticipating/ preparing for issues (traps, road hazards, slower vehicles). Use your peripheral vision to see what's going on close to you.
To make a long story short I've received 2 tickets, 6 points and a lost battle in court these past 2 months and I'm pissed!!! I've had more and more close calls lately as well as noticing some law enforcement agencies really going out of their way to ticket good people driving just fine. I'm assuming the economy is effecting their department like everyone else so generating revenue is important to avoiding layoffs. I even discovered that the federal and state government provides grant money to beef-up and increase traffic enforcement in some areas. Especially holiday weeks and during certain weeks of the summer.
That's how I received a ticket for "following too closely" while driving 60 in a 65 in the slow lane to exit the highway. Seriously! Those tickets are typically issued for rear end collisions not situations where nothing happened. They were specifically looking to issue following too closely citations. I was clocked using an LTI Ultralyte using thr DBC (distance between cars) feature. I was 5.1 seconds behind instead of 6.0 seconds. Talk about petty.
Regardless, I've now been heavily researching all my options and love all the detailed info with real world data to back up the opinions I've found on this site!