Here it goes.
The other day I was driving on my normal route. Being the paranoid driver that I am, I always keep an eye out way up ahead for parked cars or motorcycles (for obvious reasons). Well this time, my vigilance paid off as I saw a cruiser parked perpendicular to the road from around 3/4 of a mile away. It was a CHP.
I checked my speed and passed him. He was shooting lidar so I kept coming back and forth trying to get him to shoot me but he didn't (or at least the V1 never alerted so I doubt he shot me).
The strange thing: He must have been shooting the lidar at a 10 degree angle or so. He was parked on one side of the street and then shooting traffic approaching him in the other lane. Keep in mind, he must have been about 20 feet off the road already (or more).
WOULDN'T THIS INTRODUCE ERRORS? I THOUGHt THE LINE OF SIGHT NEEDS TO BE RELATIVELY STRAIGHT FOR LIDAR TARGETING?
If you imagine a right triangle, the distance (being the short leg) measuring from his point to the other lane must have been atleast 35 feet or more.
Any Ideas? Possibility of error?
By the way, when I passed him the last time he pulled out after me to head home. He flipped on his stalker (instant on mode) and the V1 lit up like a Christmas tree. Why in the hell would someone be stupid enough to speed anyway when they see him pull out? Hmm, I guess some would be stupid enough though.
By the way, I think most of the CHP are still amateurs in my area with lidar (whether officially certified or not) so It wouldn't surprise me if they lacked knowing the proper techniques for lidar targeting. It you would have seen this situation, I think you would have been equally concerned over the very wide angle.