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  1. #1
    Speed Demon
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Default radar detector 'myths'

    Some LEO wrote this..

    Radar Detector and Laser Detector Facts
    There are many, many myths and misconceptions floating around out there about RADAR (Radio Detection And Ranging) and LASER (LIDAR or LIght Detection And Ranging) units and how they operate to determine who gets a speeding ticket. As a certified RADAR/LIDAR instructor, I can tell you that your best bet, regardless of what you choose to believe, is to just drive the speed limit. No matter who believes what about the reliability of the equipment and/or the competence of the officer using it, the only way to eliminate all doubt is to obey the law. These are the most common comments I have heard over the years concerning this topic. I do not consider myself to be an "expert" in the workings of all RADAR/LIDAR equipment on the market. I simply want to provide you with the best information I can to allow you to make an educated decision on what you do out on the road.

    "RADAR won't work in bad weather". False. RADAR "accuracy" is generally not affected by inclement weather, however the sensitivity may be diminished somewhat. The main reason that you do not see many tickets being written in bad weather? Cops do not like to be out in the elements any more than anyone else.

    "RADAR DETECTORS will prevent me from getting a speeding ticket". No, you driving the speed limit will prevent you from getting a speeding ticket. I think I have defeated about every kind of RADAR detector on the market. They are okay as a tool to help keep you alert (maybe) but they are not very effective as a tool to keep you from getting nailed with the RADAR gun. Nearly every RADAR unit on the market today has a "hold" feature which allows the officer to prevent the RADAR beam from leaving the unit until he/she wants to check the speed of a vehicle. It is very common for the beam to be released, a speed obtained, the speed locked in, and the beam held again all within a matter of a second or two. That is much faster than you can react to your radar detector, brake, and get your car slowed down enough to avoid being stopped. In fact, the majority of detectors cannot even be activated in that short time. So, if the officer is using the unit to its full potential, you'll get nailed every time. Radar Detectors are also illegal in some jurisdictions and most can be detected by a radar detector detector. Currently only the Beltronics STi unit is shielded. Clcik on the radar detector recommendations link below to see the Beltronics unit.

  2. #2
    Lead Foot
    Join Date
    Feb 2008


    Yep I have seen those paragraphs before - that's ok though - let them keep thinking that RD's don't work at all, as long as I have my trusty RD, a good rabbit, and my keen eyes, they can believe that all they want...

  3. #3
    Radar Fanatic
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    WNY (sometimes)


    Good. Good.

    Keep up the excellent observations, Officer Bob.


  4. #4
    Yoda of Radar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Los Angeles Area


    I agree with the LEOs statement that any RD can be beat, but this requires effort on the LEO's part. In the "real world", LEOs rarely take the effort required to consistently beat a RD user with a top-notch RD, but it does happen. It's called instant on radar with no advanced warning, but as most of us know, it's rare.

  5. #5
    Speed Demon
    Join Date
    Jun 2007


    "SRT4" Mythys:
    An srt4 is NOT a neon - FALSE an SRT4 is in fact still just a neon*

    *but with a strong motor and a turbo

    j/k to the op; srt4 owners get pi55y as h311 when you call their rides neons

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008


    WOW, a LEO wrote all that?? Good to know my tax dollars are hard at work. All I know is since I have been using a detector I have not gotten any tickets for the past 5 years. I now use a V1 and once was blind but now I see. And although obeying the speed limit will keep you clean the most. I find that When I am on that long stretch of road, and the right song is playing at the right time, and not a soul is stirring... Well, what the bloody Hell...

  7. #7
    Power User
    Join Date
    May 2007

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    Just like don't have sex and you will not get pregnant. For the most part he is talking about instant on. Im surprised he knows what a STI was.

  8. #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by focalcivic
    Just like don't have sex and you will not get pregnant. For the most part he is talking about instant on. Im surprised he knows what a STI was.
    He probably read all about that right here on this forum.

  9. #9
    Old Timer
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    New Jersey


    wat a funny leo

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    On your six, get outta my way!


    One of my LEO friends was showing me the Stalker radar unit that was mounted to the motorcycle. He told me that they had a list of radar detectors and that "there are only a few radar detectors that can even detect the stalker". I just smiled and said "Really?" 8)



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