Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply:
Tom asks: Will radar detectors detect speed cameras (in time to avoid a ticket)? Also, would it be possible to use a jammer against the speed cameras?
My reply: Yes, a radar detector will detect a radar signal, whether the signal emanates from a radar gun in a police car or an automated unit (i.e., speed camera enforcement, which is the same thing except for the fact that instead of being aware you just got a ticket, you are made aware of it a few days/weeks later – when you get the piece of payin’ paper in the mail).
Whether you’ll have sufficient time to avoid the ticket is the question- and the same factors apply with automated speed traps just the same as manned speed traps. If you are first line – so to speak – expect to be first “served.” Also, if the system targeting you uses instant-on, you will have less time to react. Accordingly, the smart policy is to avoid being first in line whenever possible. If you keep at least one other car ahead of you, the odds are good you will get both warning and time to react to the warning.
On jammers: They are hugely illegal; the feds (FCC) consider it an illegal transmitting source and the penalties are severe. My advice is to get a high quality detector such as the V1.
The K40 RLS2 is another good one I can personally vouch for (read more here). It lacks some of the features the V1 has – most notably the ability to detect threats coming from behind – but its sensitivity is excellent and its filtration software does a top-drawer job of . . .filtering out false alarms.
Hope this was helpful!
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