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Old 02-25-2010
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I want one of the ones with GPS, remembers where false alarms are, remembers/has programed in where speed cameras and red light cameras are.. pretty badass, but like someone said, speeding doesn't really save you *that* much time, if you do the math you only save a few minutes tops unless you're going long distances.

I normally will do 5 over, 10 or 15 over if I feel I can get away with it because everyone else is going 10-15 over. I know north of me on I35 if your not doin 80 you're getting run over most of the time. And on the highway I'm on the most there's a few hot spots for cops, generally there a few times a week, and I'll never speed in those sections.
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I would spend my money on something else. Radar detectors only work if the officer is using his in car radar which emits waves that bounce off your car then back to him to detect the speed. In this case your detector detects those waves and alerts you to the cop.

Now there is the option to turn speed detectors off in the officers car which will not emit a signal until the officer hits a button to zap you. There for no signal coming out nothing for your detector to stop.

Wont help you from lasers either.
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I don't speed and I won't be in a car without a radar detector. It's not a matter of speeding. It's a matter of me knowing where the police are at all times.

Until you've been hassled for doing absolutely nothing, you won't understand. The vast majority of police officers are stand-up guys. But if you've ever been on the receiving end of one that's not-so-good, you can appreciate knowing where they're at.

Most officers down here use "always on" radar where they're driving around with the radar on...they set a "violation" speed and the radar gun alerts them when someone goes over the set speed. Instant on is used mostly in speed-trap situations where they're trying to surprise folks with detectors. Radar is far easier to detect than laser...even when they're using "instant-on" radar, he's going to get someone ahead of you before he gets you...that signal is going to bounce all over the place and give you well advanced notice.
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Now there is the option to turn speed detectors off in the officers car which will not emit a signal until the officer hits a button to zap you. There for no signal coming out nothing for your detector to stop.
This is why you never speed if you are the only one on the road. You always have to have a car in front of you so your detector will go off when the officer hits that car.
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I guess I could have said that I don't own one, have never owned one, and don't intend on buying one ever. I'm not for or against them. I could care less. And on trips I actually use my GPS for the current speed and set my cruise accordingly. I just think it's kind of cool having a GPS style detector.
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I'm laughing at most of these posts.

I never needed a radar detector. I have a right foot that doesn't mash the right pedal to the floor. It's called don't speed....LOL Most times the flow of traffic is already over the speed limit. Those that get tickets deserve them.
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I use a detector, and have done so for quite a few yrs now, it has definitely saved my butt a few times.
I dont know the specifics, but I do know Ive picked up a cop radaring from a good 4 miles out. and yes, that is the true distance because I watched my trip odometer for that very reason as I was wondering why I was getting a signal for no reason.
the rabbit theory doesnt always work, dependent on how many cars are on the road. if only 2 cars (you and the "rabbit") guess what, it isnt hard to figure out that your following at the same speed, however as has been mentioned, its hard to prove and most cops wont bother as it is a black mark on their report if you get a ticket voided.
around here you can usually get away with 9 mph over on highways, up to 15mph on the interstate, and 5mph on 4 lane suburban roads, but city driving you had better be doing the spd limit if you see a cop.

I also wish to address the comments about speeding and time saved. its all about the timing. where I live, if you do NOT do 5-7mph over the speed limit, you get nailed by the stop lights. I have it timed for the drive between the next town north of me (a larger town with several amenities this town doesnt have such as a home depot and taco bell ) the limit between the two towns in the rural area is 65mph, if I do 70mph I will make the lights on green, saving me a BUNCH of time as they are slow as molasses... if I have to do the spd limit then I will get stopped at the 1st of the lights in town, which will mean I'll also get stopped at the rest.... this is true for either direction Im traveling. if you calculate how long each light takes and avg it out to about 3 mins each stop, then factor in regaining spd as well as idiots who might not do the spd limit in the first place, or that accelerate at such a measly pace that by the time you actually hit the spd limit your 10 miles down the road.... then your looking at easily saving yourself 30+ minutes on the road. once your timing is ruined though and you get stopped at 1 light, your better off just doing the spd limit to save on the gas.

where I grew up, the timing of the stop lights all the way through the city was such that you had to do 47-48mph (posted 45mph) to make all the lights. Ive tested this time and time again, if I was forced to do the spd limit or a little under due to traffic, then I would usually make 1, maybe 2 lights (the 2nd one turning yellow as I got to it) but then I would get the light red and that would be all she wrote for saving time.
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