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Do you use a radar detector?

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    I try to obey the law not break it ,down here by the border I don't even think half these drivers have a valid license and they speed a lot ,most of them speed in school zones with kids present which is pretty stupid,Unless your traveling on a long trip that 10 or 15 over is only translating into a couple minutes faster at the most is it really worth the cost of ticket and higher insurance not to mention putting other traffic at a higher risk by swerving in and out of traffic to maintain your speed
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    I use mine on the highway. Let's me know ahead of time when the idiot(s) at the front of the pack will slam on the brakes despite the fact that they're doing 55 in a 65 zone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfreak View Post
    I use mine on the highway. Let's me know ahead of time when the idiot(s) at the front of the pack will slam on the brakes despite the fact that they're doing 55 in a 65 zone.
    In the left lane too no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    In the left lane too no doubt.
    Thats a pet peeve of mine too...
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    Nah, never used one. I drive like I'm never in a hurry anyway.

    I have made the drive from Seattle to Portland more than a few times and traffic is a pain but the idiots hawling booty past me like I'm sitting still draw the cops.

    The old Escort detector my mother (she's a speed demon!) used just told her a supermarket was close by or that she was about to get another moving citation.
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    Regardless of what they say, a detector willl not be helpful if you are speeding above the reckless driving limits which in many states hoovers around 25-30 m/hr above the posted limit. If your detector alerts you at 120 m/hr by the time you react, your velocity has brought you right to his hands. And now they use new radar gun technology that can beat the detector. I have a passport but during my 2500 mile drive to San Fransisco from TN I was clocked at 98 in a 70 and yes it went off but no time to react. It's just a tool to have.

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    The Radar Detecters A Good Tool To Have Your Lic.-reg. & Proff Of Ins. At Ready. It Tells You You Got Busted!!!

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    I have one on all the time, but I no longer speed. It's just not worth the extra fuel and potential fine for speeding, or the more costly diversion to keep a clean MVR.

    In fact, for the first time in my life, I was actually pulled over for going TOO SLOW on the interstate. Apparently, I saw a reduced speed limit sign in a construction zone that "wasn't there" according to the trooper. He gave me a warning, so I didn't argue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky Pilot View Post
    We used to, at least until the wife pulled out to pass three cars and went 5 mph over.
    Radar detector never made a sound.
    Trooper was nice enough but wrote her.
    Once he said "Have a nice day," and handed her the ticket, she pulled the radar detector loose from its mount, unplugged it, said "Excuse me a moment," and opened her door.
    He stepped back.
    She stepped out and proceeded to dash the offending detector to the pavement, three times, hard, then she stomped it twice more.
    She carefully picked up the few fragments that resulted -- the detector made a distinct rattling sound when she picked it up -- she tossed it in the back seat and got back behind the wheel.
    The trooper did a fine job of stifling his laughter as he handed her back her driver's license, and he was courteous enough not to laugh out loud until after we'd pulled back into traffic.
    I saw him doubled over and pounding the hood of his cruiser in utter mirth and merriment as we departed.
    We don't use a radar detector anymore.

    Ok, now that was a funny story!

    I never use a radar detector!

    I use my cruise control and rarely will push more than 9 over posted speed if on an open highway with a posted speed limit of 65 or 70. I figure 78 or 79 mph is more than fast enough. Most times, I do maybe 5 or 6 over.

    I haven't had a speeding ticket in at least 25 or more years.

    Maybe if congress gets their way and we go back to a 55 mph national speed limit, I predict we'll see more radar detectors... Not that they work reliably enough to actually save the average user from getting a ticket, but I do think more will get used.
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    I don't use one, and don't speed much either. I got enough tickets early on, I don't need any more now. I go maybe 2.5 mph over the limit - I don't think anyone is going to pull me over for that, and I find its less annoying to the other drivers than going the exact limit. I use my cruise control as much as possible - really helps on gas mileage.

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    The bad thing is that a lot of vehicles actually get better mileage at 70 than they do at 55. Yes people will argue forever about this, and yes, it does take more power exponentially to go 70 than it does 55. For it is the square of the surface area...anyways some vehicles will just run more efficiently at higher speeds than others.
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    What disturbs me about this thread is that some want to hide the fact they are breaking the law.

    I thought it was forum policy to discourage posts concerning illegal behavior. Yes, violating speed limit laws is illegal.

    I wonder if those who use radar detectors in hopes of avoiding arrest would use the same reasoning to hide and cover up other illegal behaviors. If you can get get away with it then you pulled a fast one!

    Some laws are important, others not so much. It is all dependent on how the individual feels about certain laws. If you don't agree with a law then there is no reason not to violate it. Or is there?

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    I've never owned one. I try to drive at the speed of the other traffic. Often this speed is higher than the posted limit, but I've never gotten a ticket for that. When there is no traffic, I stay about 5 mph over and use cruise control, and again no tickets.

    Drive to stay alive; there are untold numbers of idiots out there. If you really need the radar detector, you are probalby one of the idiots, but I mean that in the nicest possible way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfDefense View Post
    What disturbs me about this thread is that some want to hide the fact they are breaking the law.

    I thought it was forum policy to discourage posts concerning illegal behavior. Yes, violating speed limit laws is illegal.

    I wonder if those who use radar detectors in hopes of avoiding arrest would use the same reasoning to hide and cover up other illegal behaviors. If you can get get away with it then you pulled a fast one!

    Some laws are important, others not so much. It is all dependent on how the individual feels about certain laws. If you don't agree with a law then there is no reason not to violate it. Or is there?
    Hold on there partner! I use a radar detector all the time. Do I sometimes push the limit when going to work on a two-lane with just a car or two in view in either direction? You betcha, I hardly view driving 5 or 10 over and using a RD as anything even close to being an outlaw.
    You've never tasted a grape at the supermarket? You have never spit on the sidewalk? You come to a complete stop at each and every stop sign? Never a one mph over the limit?
    My radar detector has sometimes given my notice that I was going above the limit when I didn't realize I was pushing it.

    I say this respectfully, but "Give me a break!" There's breaking the law, and then there's breaking the law.
    This forum does not want anyone to promote breaking the law...I agree, but let us not be the pot calling the kettle black...

    Again, no disrespect or slam sent your way...OMO...others wil vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfDefense View Post
    What disturbs me about this thread is that some want to hide the fact they are breaking the law.

    I thought it was forum policy to discourage posts concerning illegal behavior. Yes, violating speed limit laws is illegal.

    I wonder if those who use radar detectors in hopes of avoiding arrest would use the same reasoning to hide and cover up other illegal behaviors. If you can get get away with it then you pulled a fast one!

    Some laws are important, others not so much. It is all dependent on how the individual feels about certain laws. If you don't agree with a law then there is no reason not to violate it. Or is there?
    What disturbs me about this post is.....there are other more safety oriented laws that are not being followed or enforced. For instance...most states require seat belts to be used, most states now require headlights to be on when windshield wipers are being used....driving with parking lights on only is illegal most places, blocking the left lane is illegal if you're not doing the speed limit or intentionally blocking another vehicle that wants to pass....YES..! Even if that vehicle is doing 100 mph....you must do everything possible and pull over to the right at first opportunity---this means not being the police or acting on their behalf and becoming the 'keeper of the speed'...it simply means get over after you're done passing and not because you see another 18 wheeler on the horizon you might want to pass in the next five miles....it means get over! If you don't, you're committing an illegal act! Speeding is also legal in certain circumstances....that's when you are going with the flow of traffic in order to not get run over or create a bottleneck. How about the big family SUV with that catalog..mount off the trailer hitch luggage carrier that covers the license plate......ya think that's illegal? Maybe just a little bit? So....the next time you want to berate those who speed at their own expense, take a good look at yourself, and others on the road who are blatantly ignoring the multitude of laws for the road. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

    Me? I do not wish to "hide" anything.....I'd like to get it all more out in the open matter of fact! Look at your own state's statistics for tickets written for speeding compared to what you see on the road for infractions.....it's a money game, and you won't find statistics!
    How about trucks hauling gravel and the tarp your load laws? I saw someone recently hauling a flat bed trailer load of gravel down the interstate at 70+mph! You think that's legal or just a little irresponsible? Even Mr Goody-two shoes is slipping up on the law every day....if you don't think so, just learn the laws and look around.

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