I have not been ticketed in over a year because I figured out how southern law enforcement works after moving from the west coast where they are pretty much always marked & visible... essentially in Beaufort, South Carolina the cops hide and seem to pop out of nowhere (prior to me buying an 8500 X50). Sometimes they even work as teams using the radio and cars up ahead to do the actual pull over and sign they witnessed a crime when all they really did was issue a citation (oath that they witnessed a crime that they didn't) - this is actually a felony falsely accusing someone of a crime you did not witness, but anything to take a few more dollars from the taxpayers is okay with the City, County, & State.
Anyway, here is the story. It was about 10:30 PM and I was traveling to go buy a few items after having been out of state for a few weeks. The road I was on is somewhat structured like an un-divided Highway though it has more places for people to pull on and off. Regardless, 40 to 45 MPH is too slow - 55 would be about right and perfectly safe.
That evening I was traveling at about 50 to 55 and got a K hit on my Passport 8500 X50 that lingered, so I slowed down and set cruise control knowing it was definitely not an automatic door. Over the next 45 seconds to a minute the signal got much stronger and maxed out the meter and stayed that way for another 30 to 45 seconds, while I was looking intently for the police car.
Finally it came into visual range and I spotted the police SUV (from another town) running silent with lights-off, radar-on in a parking lot as I drove by at a perfect 40 MPH using cruise control.
My question: Is it legal to hide in a parking lot with lights off running radar? It does not deter speeding or even increase safety. All it does is jack up revenue & harass drivers who are being perfectly safe minding their own, personal business. Are there any traffic entrapment laws i.e. that a vehicle must be visible within a specific distance... or any other laws at all in the state of South Carolina to protect drivers?
Are these stories typical?