Okay, I posted here because I thought that more people would see it here and I think it's a relevant topic that deserves some attention. The topic: cops running radar incorrectly just to generate revenue. Moderators, if you feel you need to move it please do so.
Today I had an instant-on scare. However, I was only going about 5 mph over the speed limit and I noticed the cop before he tagged me. As I passed him, he started to pull out of his "hiding" spot but he didn't come after me. I figured I was "lucky" but then I began to think about it on the rest of the way to work. Take a look at the map below:
Now, if you look at the satellite image at highest zoom, you'll get a better indication of what the terrain looks like. I picked an address out of nowhere but it doesn't show exactly where the cop was hiding. He was hiding on the other side of Wheeler Lane, directly to the right of the red tab but back in the grass.
Now, I was traveling east on Charles River Road and he was facing me. As I began to round the bend, I saw him in the grass and I slowed down. Immediately after I saw him, he sot me. But, isn't this an improper location to run radar? I mean, isn't there some serious cosine error here. He's got to be at a 30 degree angle to the road, at least! If I were given a ticket from a cop running radar here, I would at least have some defense because I know what cosine error is but what about the poor folk who don't? Those travelling west on Charles River Road would have it the worse because they wouldn't even be able to see him before they were targetted (he's hidden behind houses, trees, and brush).
Should I go to the Watertown police department's traffic division and complain about cops running radar here? Instant-on nonetheless!!! It seems obvious to me that he's hiding there because it's harder to see him and the average joe won't complain about the ticket because they don't know proper radar procedure.