A word to the wise about operating on the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive in Virginia and North Carolina:
And Park Pork – federal pork – uses instant-on radar. Even if you have a top-drawer radar detector like my Valentine1, you are vulnerable to instant-on radar precisely because it cannot be detected until the porker turns on his beam. Your unit will go off – but it will be Too Late.
The typical scenario – and I have been a victim of this myself – is as follows:
You are driving along in the the northbound lane; you round a curve or a crest a rise – and suddenly, there he is. Or he is coming at you in the southbound lane. Your detector goes berserk, but it is . . . Too Late.
$150 lighter and 30 minutes later, you’re back on the road.
The Parkway is a ticket-writing goldmine because it is lightly traveled, the speed limits are set purposefully below reasonable rates of travel – so pretty much everyone is “speeding” – and it’s a two-lane road with few sidestreets. If you’re by yourself – and driving faster than the 45 MPH (sometimes, 35 MPH) maximum – it’s a simple numbers game.
Eventually, it’ll be your turn.
The only serviceable defense against instant-on radar is to let another car run point. Find a car that is driving at the speed you’re comfortable with and sidle in behind, keeping back about ten car lengths. If a porker running instant-on is up ahead, he’ll instant-on the car in front of you and you will have time to slow down.
It is a mercenary policy, I realize – but survival comes down to that.
Helpful tip: I am pretty sure that Park Pork tickets, which are federal tickets, do not automatically get reported to the state DMV. Provided you go to the cashier’s window at the magistrate’s office and pay the extortion note off in person. Do not mail it in. The feds use a private collection service and those bungholes will report your deed to the DMV – whereupon your insurance mafia man will find out and dun you again and thrice.
Also, do not fight the ticket – unless you are ok going in with your DMV (and insurance mafia) friends finding out, in the event you lose your case. Which of course, you will. Apparently, if you contest the charge in federal court (yes, federal court) the feds will report a conviction to the DMV. And if you lose, the federal court system can be vicious. It could mean more than just a fine. Seriously.
You will want to look into it.
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