Firt time poster, long time reader! Glad to be here.
I just took a ride along with the presigeous Colorado State Patrol here in Colorado. I wanted to get a first hand feel for how cops use their tools, what requirements they have to follow in the real world, and what equipment they use. Here are some of my notes:
1: It was interesting to note that the ONLY radar detector that the troopers were aware of was a Valentine One. They are used to seeing them over the years and are aware they are for serious drivers. I got the impression that if they see that RD they are not going to let you off lightly.
2: It was also intersting that I had my trooper friend(s) check out my dash and they didn't even notice the V1 remote display. Good to know if you get pulled over, it is not common enough for them to recognize.
3: The CSP uses the LTI 20/20's
4: When using their instant on Radar (Falcon KA), the speed would jump ALL OVER THE PLACE. If there were multiple cars on the road, the speed reading would seriously vary WILDLY. This gave me a lot of confidence that with heavy traffic, the cop is not going to know with what car is going what speed. They try to monitor the cars to see which one is going the fastest, but by this time you will already be aware that you are getting hit by radar.
5: The CSP prefers to write tickets at distances less than 1000ft. The courts apperantly look favorably on distance less than 1000ft with laser. If its an empty highway, they could write you a ticket from much further. Something to keep in mind while driving in light traffic, you have the advantage!
6: If you target a military aircraft with an LTI 20/20 the plane will think it is being targeted by surface to air missles. I got to shoot the LTI, but was told specifically not to point it any planes. True story.
7: The cops have no quotas to write tickets, and are very honest about the speeds they wrote tickets about. They also spent a lot of time helping stranded motorists. They are not total jerks, and I was suprised how much time they spent helping other motorists.
8: They wouldn't even try pulling someone over unless they were going AT LEAST 10 over. More like 15 before they really started to care.
9: Women are bad drivers. The cops verified this well know fact.
10: Suprisingly there were 2 calls for vehicles "travelling above 100mph". And even more suprisingly the CSP really responded to those calls and made real efforts to locate and ticket those drivers. Be aware of other cars calling you in, the CSP will try and get you (if they are not busy).
Thats it! I am sure there is more stuff that I left off. If you have any questions about my journey please let me know. Glad to be here and contribute my little piece of knowledge to this great collective effort!