Ok guys, I have just started researching radar detectors but I still have no idea as to what I am doing. Therefore I am posting on this forum to see which radar detector I really want and how much of a benefit its going to be. Let me tell you my story real quick. Currently, I am commuting about 45 minutes on the freeway to my school and then back. So a total of about an hour and a half, I do this commute Monday through Friday. I just started this commute about 4 months ago, but have yet to get a ticket on the freeway. Where I have gotten tickets is in the city, but on my way to school. I have seen cops on the freeway and have gotten a feel as to where they normally sit, but I am still not positive as to where they will always be. So I now have two speeding tickets in a time period of only 1 week, I think its going to cost me at least 400+ dollars total. I always speed and always go over the speed limit and I thought a radar detector would help me A LOT. But I dont know how much a radar detector really helps and if it was worth it, but now after two tickets in the past week I have realized its time to purchase one. Money is really not an issue, especially seeing that the V1 is supposed to be the best but it is a whopping $400. I have seen there is basically a top 3 lists, but I think I have my mindset on the V1. Now time for my questions, I currently live in Los Angeles County [southern california], and I am wondering what type of guns the majority of cops use in this area are. I dont know which radar detector would be best for me to have, since I want to make sure it works both in the city driving around normal streets as well as on the highway / freeway. I do not know what most highway patrol officers have in Los Angeles but I am hoping some of you guys do. So basically, I am looking for a radar detector that will help protect me the most, in the city and on the freeway. Also, I am aware and normally see cops in advance, but there are those times that I am not paying attention or on the phone, but whatever the case, how much do radar detectors really help? I will keep looking on my post to see the responses I get, but sorry for the long post, just want to make sure I get the right radar detector and see the benefits of spending about 400 dollars is going to give me, thanks again!