The traffic flow in the left lane on Highway 78 in New Jersey typically runs at speeds up to 80-85 mph. Of course this is a good day and these good days rarely occur on Monday. Traffic is heaviest on going east in the morning and the reverse in the afternoon. During the past 4-5 years of making a 30 mile commute on this road, I have mentally taken note of the absence of radar detectors in my fellow commuters cars. On any given day, I rarely see a detector. Nevertheless, the posted speed limit of 65mph is routinely unobserved. Today, a State Trooper came up from behind while I was doing 80 mph (and so was everyone else). I switch lanes, and he passed me. The other drivers ahead did likewise. This has occurred numerous times in the pass.
Taking into consideration the information above, a number of questions are generated:
1. Why would any of my fellow commuters ever need a radar detector? We really canít go much faster than the normal left-lane flow and if you stay in the flow, you wonít get a ticket.
2. Seeing that so few drivers own a radar detector, why would the state of NJ invest in the latest technology (lasers, POP, etc.)?
3. In PA, the state has invested in radar transmitting decoys. These decoys are everywhere and are very effective in reducing the benefit of radar detectorsóso why own one?