Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Zane asks: I have a very effective Escort redline radar detector. Best detector I’ve ever owned. Problem is I got hit yesterday and not once but twice. They used instant radar to get me (bastards). Is there anything on the market that can save me or is this something I have to learn to live with?
My reply: Unfortunately, instant-on radar is very hard to detect – before it detects you.
Unless it detects the car ahead of you first.
An armed government worker will focus his eyes on a car he thinks is “speeding.” This will usually be the lead car coming down the road. Then he will target that car with his instant-on radar. As his radar “paints” the car, your detector will detect the signal. Too late for him, but time enough for you to slow down. Besides which, the AGW is now on the heels of the car he painted.
If you are the only car on the road and there is an AGW running instant-on, you’re screwed. You haven’t even got the defense – in court – that it was another car the radar detected as the “speeding” car .
There are jammers, of course. But these are extremely illegal because they are transmitters rather than passive receivers . If you go this route, be careful. You might “get away” with 45 in a 35, which is hard to establish visually. But if you’re doing 100 in a 65, the AGW isn’t going to stay in his cutout and leave you be just because his detector was flummoxed by your jammer.
I also recommend the best detector of all – situational awareness. Never rely solely on any electronic detection system. Use your eyes – and your brain. Pay close attention to the ebb and flow of traffic; of the way other drivers in your vicinity are reacting. If someone up ahead slows down for no apparent reason, there’s good reason to suspect there might be an AGW up ahead.
I also try to drive in a pack. So as to not stand out.
Very sorry about your pieces of payin’ paper. This business of legalized theft – the extorting of money from people who’ve caused no harm to anyone else or their property – is an outrage.
I wish more people would be.
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