Here in Illinois, the State Police will be using vans/SUVs for photo radar enforcement in construction zones.
I currently drive approx 20 miles of all construction zone each way to and from work. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour. The white signs with black lettering declaring the use of photo radar have been up for several weeks now (they blend right in with other highway signs and you have to really look hard to see them). Some online searches have found that the photo radar will begin July 1st but the online references appear to come from undated or outdated articles. It is possible that they're already being used.
I drove with my cruise control set at 53 mph in the right lane and I never passed a single vehicle during my 20 mile commute. Approx 500+ vehicles passed me. Obviously, tickets will be very easy to come by.
Here in Illinois, a first offense photo radar ticket fine is $375. A second violation is $1,000 and a six month license suspension of the vehicle's registered owner! Geez! Can you tell I'm scared to death now?
I need a radar detector only for this 20 mile stretch. It's all I drive. Back and forth and back and forth. The van/SUV shouldn't be too hard to see and I am guessing that during the next two years of construction, the van/SUV will be moved only between several different locations (there aren't many areas to choose from).
I am looking at the Valentine One and the Escort series.
Is there a less expensive radar detector that would be good for this situation? Would the V1 and Escort be overkill?
Thanks in advance for your knowledgable responses!!!