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Old 3rd November 2015, 23:33   #5116
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Get a passport or Valentine1, will be a good investment down the line...
Been thinking of getting one of those for a while now. So far, I have relied on Waze and the usual tips and tricks to watch out for speed traps. But one time i let my guard down and got a ticket :(
Now i am on a one year probation to keep the ticket off my record.
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Been thinking of getting one of those for a while now. So far, I have relied on Waze and the usual tips and tricks to watch out for speed traps. But one time i let my guard down and got a ticket :(
Now i am on a one year probation to keep the ticket off my record.
Sorry to hear that! Its a bad feeling that stays for few weeks I call Radar detectors an investment! Can't beat the ROI It saved me 100's of tickets. Not saying they are fool proof. Got one ticket last year in MO having Bel RX65, Cop was on the overhead bridge, instant POP burst, got my reading, passed it over to another cop on standby mode ahead. Though I slowed down immediately, it was too late. Those are the situations we can't avoid. I bought mine in 2006 at $350...worth every penny. I think now it ranges around 125-140 on Amazon. Valentine1 or Passport 9500 are good ones. Max360 is interesting as it gives directional alerts like Valentine1. I thought directional alerts were patented by Valentine.

Heard some interesting things about Waze. Few cops are logging into waze and taking off the alerts/spots put on by commuters

Edit reason: Found this http://www.stealthveil.com/articles/escort-max-360

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Heard some interesting things about Waze. Few cops are logging into waze and taking off the alerts/spots put on by commuters

Edit reason: Found this http://www.stealthveil.com/articles/escort-max-360
The thing about Waze is that it is community driven. As long as there are more Wazers spotting cops than the number of cops, the alerts will stay on Waze. There were also reports of residents along alternate routes falsely reporting accidents in order to reduce traffic through their area. It didn't work either because Waze could see that the traffic was still normal. You just can't fool the big brother

The Escort Max 360 looks interesting but it is priced at $650
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It didn't work either because Waze could see that the traffic was still normal. You just can't fool the big brother
The Escort Max 360 looks interesting but it is priced at $650
Never thought about Waze actively monitoring the network, good for the community Yes.. Max 360 is expensive but its the combo of 9500 GPS and Valentine1 capabilities.
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Never thought about Waze actively monitoring the network, good for the community
Ah that's not what i meant. Its primary source of data is other wazers only.
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There were also reports of residents along alternate routes falsely reporting accidents in order to reduce traffic through their area. It didn't work either because Waze could see that the traffic was still normal. You just can't fool the big brother
Nice to know! Thanks. I have to admit, I absolutely love Waze and have it constantly on every time we are road tripping.
Thankfully, wife likes the Waze "cat and mouse" game a lot herself, so she is always my co-pilot in crime
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Are laser detectors allowed in all states? I cant remember anymore. But in most of Europe they are forbidden.

In Europe I use my TomTom navigation system which also has a database for all known fixed and mobile radar traffic controls. Gets updated daily automatically. In some countries even that isnt allowed, for instance France. The TomTom automatically disables this function as soon as it detects you drive into France.

Also, lots of apps these days that give very accurate information on mobile speed traps (and traffic congestion). In the Netherlands some radio stations broad cast all known mobile speeds as well. You phone in, report the location and they will put it on the feed.

In many places all over Europe, especially on highways/motorways there are fully automatic average speed controls. They could stretch for many miles and you need to ensure your average speed in that section is below maximum. That's where a cruise control and GPS comes in handy.

Lots of these average speed in the Netherlands are at 80 or 100 km/h sections. Most are preceded by traffic signs, some are not. But they all show up in my TomTom. When I get there I hit the cruise control and adjust my speed to respectively 83 and 104 km/h based on my GPS speed which is very accurate. That will keep me a hair under the maximum speed allowing for the legal 5% adjustment because of inaccuracies in the measurements.

Not 100% sure, but I dont think I ever encountered average speed checks in the USA?

I did get one or two tickets whilst living in the USA, both for just minor speed violations. What I had not counted on is that I also received a letter from my insurance company. As I had received a few penalty points on my DL the premium went up!

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Are laser detectors allowed in all states? I cant remember anymore. But in most of Europe they are forbidden.
Radar detectors are banned in Virginia. Don't know of any other states who ban detectors.
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Not allowed in Ontario too. The cops have radar/laser detector detectors in cars.
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Here is what insurance.com states

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States where radar detectors are banned
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, radar detectors are banned in all vehicles in the state of Virginia and the District of Columbia, Washington D.C. Radar Detectors are also banned in big trucks in the states of New York and Illinois. Plus, under federal law, the use of radar or laser speed detectors is illegal in all commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds. However, radar detectors are allowed in all noncommercial vehicles in all other states.

Radar & Laser Jammers
Generally much more expensive than the radar detector, Radar & Laser Jammers are designed to emit signals to interfere with police radar or laser gun readings. Although these innovative devices sound ideal, many experts report that they don`t really work and are illegal in many states.

For instance, Laser Jammers are illegal in Nebraska, Minnesota, Utah, California, Oklahoma, Virginia, Colorado and Washington D.C. and Radar Jammers are illegal in all 50 states.

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Amitoj: Get the Escort 9500 and do get a sturdy sucktion cup. The one which comes with the detector is flimsy to say the least.

Laser is mostly banned and also expensive to install. My radar has saved me alot of money and time on my trips. Also more peace of mind and less of look for a cop.

My 9500 once buzzed a cop from 3 minutes away. The cop was driving towards me and i was above 65mph

Also did your friend get the Genesis sedan?

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Amitoj: Get the Escort 9500 and do get a sturdy sucktion cup. The one which comes with the detector is flimsy to say the least.


Also did your friend get the Genesis sedan?

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Will look into that. Thanks!

Yeah he got the Genesis sedan, the one with 3.8L V6 AWD. It has a nice blue color. And according to him, the chassis is designed by Lotus.
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A lot of the radar models that can integrate with the self dimming rear view mirros are now available. They look totally integrated and much better than the suction cup variety.
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Not allowed in Ontario too. The cops have radar/laser detector detectors in cars.
True. The below linked site claims that there are three versions that cannot be detected - http://www.kmph.ca/guides/faq.html

Rest... who knows what true. I prefer to just stick to Waze and some common sense for now.
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hi,

I am evaluating a Kia Forte Koupe as a used car. Would anyone here have any opinion on the long term reliability and resale of the car? I would like to sell the car after 60k miles are hit. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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