This came up in another thread, but I wanted to see what you guys think. A member mentioned the increasing use of Ka radar and laser. I have have only encountered one real K band radar, and only laser in/very near major metro areas. It seems as if Ka is the dominant force in suburbs, small towns, and the interstates.
Its my belief that laser will not replace radar. It is much easier for a state trooper to shoot I/O while hidden from view or shoot C/O while moving than it would be to sit with the window down shooting laser all day on the highway. Laser is great when there is a lot of traffic and the LEO needs to single out cars, but it just isn't that practical on wide open interstates.
In addition, I read that only 6% of drivers use countermeasures. When you calculate how much of that 6% uses cheap Cobra/Whistler detectors, the number should decrease. Therefore, I would argue that police aren't that concerned with detectors/jammers. There are still 94%+ of drivers driving "blind" and susceptible to getting tickets.
What do you guys think? Will laser replace radar?
I would wager a bet that we will see a ton more mobile/stationary speed cams in the future as the government tries to cut personnel costs and increase ticket revenue. I know that in a suburb near where I live they installed stationary speed cameras but the citizens filed a lawsuit to prevent them from becoming active.
Not to go off on a tangent, but it seems ironic that local/state governments that are composed of officials who are supposed to govern with the people's interest in mind would install this crap when there is a clear opposition to it by the constituents. At least we have GPS/trapster to combat them!