Hey all -
Never thought I'd end up on a radar detector forum but here I am! I gave up on radar detectors 20 years ago due to the fact that they never seemed to give me a leg up either due to the crappy unit I had, the terrain in Mass, or a combination of both. If anything it gave me a false sense of security and in time, I really began to pride myself on using just my intuition and common sense to avoid speed traps.
Flash forward to 3 years ago when I moved to Texas and the combination of open roads, the seemingly endless row of LEOs camped on the e of the road, and my twice a year drives to the east coast made me aware that rds were still alive and well (and useful).
Ironically these days I rarely go more than 10-15 mph over the limit, especially now that I've traded the GTI for an Xterra and spend as much time driving with the wife and dogs as i do alone. I see so many speed traps on my 10 mile commute that its hard *not* to take an interest however. It may sound naive but I don't remember seeing much in the way of hand-held units in MA in over a decade.
The less time officers spend writing tickets to people like me, the more time they can spend nabbing all of the clueless, distracted, unskilled, ignorant drivers on the road - 50% are going waaay too fast and 50% are going waaay too slow (in the left lane). The LEOs I've met in Austin (through less than ideal circumstances) have been pretty awesome though.
okay, a lot of words for my first post, i'll stop now!