First, let me state that I was a habitual speeder and avid detector user during my hell-raising years in high school and college. Still, I would drive so fast that my detector generally only served to reduce my ticketed speed from an excess of 25 to 15 MPH (keep in mind, the highway PSL was 55 at that time). Still, I utilized DD, DA and court fighting to keep all the tickets off of my driving record. I finally stopped using detectors because I felt they were contributing/enabling my bad habit by giving me a false sense of security.
Since that decision, the PSLs are more reasonable, I've slowed down a bit (try not to drive more than 10-15 over PSL) and I've learned to rely more on my own senses. This change in driving demeanor resulted in only one ticket (90 in a 70 in AZ) over a period of about 10 years (however, I still had many close calls). Now I'm married and have a family, and I've grown out of my lead foot...or so I thought. Last February 2010 I was stopped for 70 in a 60 by TX DPS in west Texas - friendliest cop I've ever met. He sent me on my way with only a warning.
Fast forward to December 2010 - I'm caught in a speed trap; 50 MPH in a 35 PSL - a 35 PSL on a service road to an interstate...are you kidding me??? No, he wasn't. I'm in the process of requesting a speed limit survey in an attempt to get the PSL increased. Unfortunately, I don't have time to fight this in court and have opted to take DD.
Five days later I'm on my way to work in downtown. It's the week of Christmas so traffic is fairly light and I'm cruising about the same speed as everyone else (70 in a PSL 60) while listening to the radio. Suddenly, my peripheral catches a glimpse of a black car pulling up to my left (in the far left lane) and he quickly brakes to match my speed. I turn my head to look and it's a damn DPS trooper. With no lights or sirens, he points at me and signals for me to pull over. Now, I've never, ever, ever seen a DPS trooper patrolling this particular section of this interstate and only rarely seen the local PD here, certainly never during morning drive. So I'm clueless as to why I'm being stopped. When he tells me that he's going to cite me for 79 in a 60, I just about fell out of the car. No way in hell I was doing 79 MPH - 71 or 72 maybe, but not 79. My pleas fall on deaf ears and I'm issued my 2nd citation in 7 days - Merry Christmas. My only consolation is that he gives me just a warning for a lack of a front license plate...Yippee It looks like I'll have to go the deferred adjudication route on this one.
I'm pretty sure my driving habits haven't reverted to my old ways but I'm not convinced I'm having an extraordinary streak of bad luck either. I sense something has recently changed in the traffic enforcement arena. I've read stories of persons being ticketed for two and three MPH over PSL recently. Perhaps cities and states are increasingly turning to traffic enforcement to help fund their dwindling budgets? Or, maybe more and more PDs are getting laser equipment and are overly-eager to try it out? Regardless, it seems to me speeding is becoming less tolerable and I absolutely can not allow myself to get cited again.
So, desperate, depressed and in need of help, I turned to google. I've spent the better part of the last three weeks researching radar/laser detectors and jammers. It's all a bit overwhelming for someone who lost faith in detectors many years ago and the jammer installation is a bit intimidating as well. I'd love a plug and play detector/jammer all-in-one unit such as the GHOST-Pro or Sky-Eye. Don't worry, I'm not stupid. It was in researching their too-good-to-be-true claims that led me here.
So, finally, I'm getting to my reason for posting. I have two cars that get about equal driving time - one is my "office" car (as my daughter calls it), black Pontiac Firebird, that I use strictly for my 30-mile commute to/from work. My route is mostly highway and oftentimes heavy traffic precludes me from speeding - at least in the morning. Still, I've spotted local moto cops on surface streets to the highway on numerous occasions and I sometimes have to navigate surface streets to avoid highway traffic. Use - mostly highway.
I use the other car, gold Chevy Trailblazer, for all other transportation - shopping, errand-running, occasional road trips (although I usually rent) and every now and then I'll drive it to the office. Use - primarily city/urban driving.
Obviously, with equal use, it'd be ideal to fully "protect" both cars but, with Christmas, and two tickets to pay, I'm not sure I'm ready to invest $2-3K in equipping both cars with jammers and detectors right now. Plus, I'm not very confident in my abilities to properly install the jammers (I had a hell of a time putting my daughter's bicycle together for Christmas) and I've been unable to locate any installs on a Firebird. I'd hate to cut into the nose and I'm not sure how much longer I'll have the car anyway. Unlike the Firebird, the Trailblazer has a grill and seems like it would be the easier installation. While I like the idea of the integrated Z4s and Redline, it seems the general opinion here is that the Z4s are far inferior to the LIs. However, I'm torn between the Redline and V1, but leaning Redline even though the V1 is capable of integrating with non-HP LI.
Since the Firebird is black and fairly stealthy (the headlights are concealed in daytime and I have no front LP), would Z4s, veil and Redline offer adequate protection?
The Trailblazer is a much bigger target from both the front and rear. I'm thinking LIs are a must, but are quads and/or HP the way to go? Do I need to get a V1 or is the Redline good/better for my driving situations? One detector for both cars or one in each - I don't have a problem with hardwiring both cars and just transferring the detector each time.
Or - should I continue driving like Granny (I feel like a caged animal) until the new Laser Lion system is available?
Apologies for the very long first post - all future posts will be significantly shorter.
Thanks for reading.