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This is a discussion on Laser/Radar detectors within the Everyday Impreza Talk forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; I have long used an Escort laser/radar detector. I believe this should be one of the first things one should ...

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    Laser/Radar detectors

    I have long used an Escort laser/radar detector. I believe this should be one of the first things one should purchase if they are driving a high profile car such as a WRX/STI. You are noticed and you will be targeted. I get targeted a lot. Thankfully, I have slowed down to the posted limit by the time I am in range. I don't speed excessively as a rule, but why open yourself up to a needless ticket? Drive responsibly, but use an electronic co-pilot.

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    The point is to use something to save yourself some unnecessary grief. By all reviews I have seen, the Valentine is a fine detector.

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    Driving in NE Ohio (480/271) I can tell which township I've entered by the cop on the side of the road. Then driving down to Columbus (71) the staties are at every other turnaround spot. Needless to say when in Ohio I just drive the limit. They don't give too much of a cushion either.

    My 8500 X50 served me well years back, but feeling naked without one right now. It's always nice to have a warning whether you speed or not. Looking at getting one soon.

    Callahan, what bands do you see most often? I see a ton of laser by the local cops on 480/271 so radar would be useless anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rquinn19 View Post
    Driving in NE Ohio (480/271) I can tell which township I've entered by the cop on the side of the road. Then driving down to Columbus (71) the staties are at every other turnaround spot. Needless to say when in Ohio I just drive the limit. They don't give too much of a cushion either.

    My 8500 X50 served me well years back, but feeling naked without one right now. It's always nice to have a warning whether you speed or not. Looking at getting one soon.

    Callahan, what bands do you see most often? I see a ton of laser by the local cops on 480/271 so radar would be useless anyways.
    The problem with laser is that typically once your detector is picking up a signal, it is already too late if you are speeding. Once the laser is on you they have your speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    The problem with laser is that typically once your detector is picking up a signal, it is already too late if you are speeding. Once the laser is on you they have your speed.
    Yeah that's what I meant by useless. My typing isn't making sense today. If you're RD goes off for laser might as well pull over.

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    The good thing about laser is they have to be sitting stationary on the side of the road, highly visible.. I always see them shooting from a mile away. A good detector and a vigilant eye keeps me from getting tickets. I have been popped by laser at night while speeding, but every time I just exited quickly and took a side street.. never saw lights.

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    What about jammers?
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    As far as I know, radar jammers are illegal, laser jammers are legal (but expensive). It makes sense that they can not restrict you from emitting IR signal.. but I have never heard first hand reports from someone using one successfully. If you're visually traveling faster than traffic then they could still pull you over, and I would imagine most cops would be pissed to see you have a jammer, so they would try to stick it to you. You can still be ticketed for visual speeding without a reading from a gun, so I'm not sure if it's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MainFrame View Post
    The good thing about laser is they have to be sitting stationary on the side of the road, highly visible.. I always see them shooting from a mile away. A good detector and a vigilant eye keeps me from getting tickets. I have been popped by laser at night while speeding, but every time I just exited quickly and took a side street.. never saw lights.
    Good points for texas I supposed (with possible wide open spaces?). Not so much here in Maine. They hide in all kinds of places and if you get laser on your radar you are getting a ticket if you are speeding. They are smarter up here than to have an exit between where they are standing and the target traffic. They have been really on it lately too with the tight budget environment, trying to get as much revenue as possible.

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    Hmm. . In TX it's illegal for police to shoot radar/lidar from a hidden position. Before they enacted that law there were several deaths from police pulling out blindly into traffic.

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    With laser they have to bounce it off something reflective right? I think I read that somewhere... Usually a front license plate or a headlight? The WRX with HIDs and a black surround I would think would be pretty safe from that, no?

    edit: Also aren't laser setups pretty expensive? I've heard that not that many are using them because of this. I've had quite a few tickets and all were radar. I should probably get a good detector....or slow down

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axex View Post
    With laser they have to bounce it off something reflective right? I think I read that somewhere... Usually a front license plate or a headlight? The WRX with HIDs and a black surround I would think would be pretty safe from that, no?

    edit: Also aren't laser setups pretty expensive? I've heard that not that many are using them because of this. I've had quite a few tickets and all were radar. I should probably get a good detector....or slow down
    They have to bounce it off something reflective, but the color inside your headlight lens doesn't make a difference - it's bouncing off the lens. Front plates are perfect for laser, but even without a plate, a bumper will work just fine.

    Laser setups are pricey, but are used in almost every single state these days.

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    Best radar detector is your eyes and muscle control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xFalleNx View Post
    Best radar detector is your eyes and muscle control.

    Drive properly and you won't need to worry about where officers are.
    I think you mean the best way to detect police is your eyes, which is somewhat true. But, your eyes can't see around a long turn when a detector can.

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