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been driving my 03 WRX for less than 2 months and just got a speeding ticket yesterday (i guess going 85 while everyone else was doing 50 wasn't a very smart idea..) :unhappy:

thinking about getting a radar detector (to make me a safer driver of course), any suggestions on which model to get?
 

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There's a few good ones, but I think the best one out there at the moment is the Valentine One. It's always been at the top of the food chain (top 3 detectors) but I believe the most recent upgrade made it the clear #1.
 

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get lighter shoes ;)
 

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I agree for two reasons. One being if you get pulled again and the officer sees that...... Bye Bye leanyancy (spelled wrong, oh well). They will probably look for more stuff to shaft you on. Secondly, i may be mistaken but radar isn't used anymore.

My first ticket was a reckless driving 6pt $500 ticket. Not to brag or anything. I definitely don't condone reckless drivin. I got lucky and had the ticket dismissed.
 

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radar detectors will only help you on the highway from state troopers....if you are speeding, the cop doesnt need a radar to give you a ticket.....just remember when your in court....who is the judge going to believe? you or the cop?

i got arrested for speed contest, reckless driving and speeding 70 in a 40

reckless driving and speed contests are each misdemeanors

my lawyer was able to drop them both and the speeding reduced to 49 in a 40 along with a disobeying a traffic device, and i had to take the 6hr defensive driving class which would reduce 4 of the 5 points i received. I was very lucky

My first ticket i got for speeding was a 51 in a 30 (potential 6 points) and when i went to court the judge said if i took the 6hr driving class that he would drop the charge and i would receive no points on my license and so i did.
 

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I'm behind on this stuff, but the Valentine 1 and Passport 8500 have always come highly recommended. Getting caught with a radar is usually an automatic tickets, so if you ever get pulled over after getting one, hide it the second you see that car speeding up to you.
 

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The Passport 9500i has a GPS marking system and after you take a week or so to mark all the stores and false alarms, you'll never hear them again. I've had my 9500i for about 6 months now and for the last 5.5 months I haven't had a single false alarm. I cant say the same for the V1 I had prior to it.

Radar dectectors are a very touchy issue with cops as previously mentioned, but I have never had it impact a situation poorly to date. To me, the primary use for a radar detector is to be more aware when cops are around- especially with budget cuts as bad as they are. I've had 1 ticket for 54/45 which got dropped but beyond that I dont really speed much around town, but I do enjoy traveling at 75-80 on the highway(hwy limits here at 55-65 tops) and not taking 30 years to get anywhere at 55-65mph.

If I had to pick out 3 to choose between it would be in descending order the Escort 9500i(GPS equipped), V1, or Escort 8500 x50. And also realize its not going to save you from every possible ticket, but it sure can save you from quite a few :)
 

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IMO radars are not worth it. I used to use them but then after a few tickets (had the V1) i stopped using them. I figured if I am going to get caught speeding, f-it. Most cops around my area use laser anyway so by the time I know it i'm already toast.

Just my .02.
 

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I agree for two reasons. One being if you get pulled again and the officer sees that...... Bye Bye leanyancy (spelled wrong, oh well). They will probably look for more stuff to shaft you on. Secondly, i may be mistaken but radar isn't used anymore.

My first ticket was a reckless driving 6pt $500 ticket. Not to brag or anything. I definitely don't condone reckless drivin. I got lucky and had the ticket dismissed.
Really? I've never had a problem when I've been pulled over even with my radar detector. If you're speeding you're eventually going to get caught with or without a radar detector. I even got pulled over doing 100 in a 35 and the cop just let me go. It might be because it was a military friendly town and I never got ticketed there but still, 100 in a 35 is just plain stupid and I should have gone to jail.

Personally I think the V1 is a little over priced. The best bang for your buck is the Passport Escot 8500 x50 (what I currently use). You can find them on ebay for about 200 bucks. I don't know about the 9500i but I hear they are incredible and also out of my price range.
 

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get lighter shoes ;)
Yeah like i said i've only been driving this car for two months, and still am not used to it taking off once it reaches bout 70mph on the highway..next thing you know i was going 85+ in traffic. I love speed, but I guess that's what a track is for.
 

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I have a Cobra Radar 12 band detector Radar/Laser detector...

I got it for christmas and havent had a ticket since theres a lot of open roads here so even city benefit of it is good least a 1 1/2 mile range if the shot is clear enough

The one i got even goes off for RR and Emergency Vehicles (detects the signal they send to turn lights green) I think its great especially since automakers are working to make interiors quieter
 

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I have a Cobra Radar 12 band detector Radar/Laser detector...

I got it for christmas and havent had a ticket since theres a lot of open roads here so even city benefit of it is good least a 1 1/2 mile range if the shot is clear enough

The one i got even goes off for RR and Emergency Vehicles (detects the signal they send to turn lights green) I think its great especially since automakers are working to make interiors quieter
i have the same 1....it has even picked up laser radars as well
 

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I have a Cobra Radar 12 band detector Radar/Laser detector...
It's Junk. I have it as well. I was driving with another STi in front of me and suddenly he slammed the brakes. About 10 seconds later we passed the speed trap. When we stopped, I asked what he had, "Passport" he said. My Cobra never made a sound. If I were in front, it would have been license revocation for awhile.
 

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Here's an idea.. slow down a little bit and save yourself the expense of a radar or a speeding ticket..
 

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The Valentine One has worked out immensely for me. It's been worth every penny...
 

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I had a good radar detector a few years ago and gave up with them - too many false signals and too much false security. I now live in MD and go in to DC and VA a lot - radar detectors are illegal in the latter two states. We have lots of fixed speeding cameras and roving vans with speeding cameras. Plus the usual police on the road. I made the decision that if I'm not paying enough attention to spot the speed trap, then I deserve the ticket (none so far, except two from fixed cameras in heavy traffic, when the cameras were new).

By biggest fear is pacing at night - when you're driving along on a busy road in the dark, it is pretty hard to tell that the guy behind you can give you a ticket. Radar/laser detectors don't help with pacing. I've been stopped once due to being paced by a following officer. Fortunately, I was able to convince him to let me off with a warning.
 

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I don't get any false alarms with the V1 that matter. In my area, the only band used by the DE police is Ka band. I see that and I know its a cop. Ka and K bands are used in MD. X band is filtered out (not used by police here). DE uses laser too, but mainly in the south were I don't go.

Pacing is a tough one. You have to stay alert. However, I've noticed that the vast majority of police in my area don't turn their radar units off, so bingo, they are tracked. After 2 years with the V1, I can tell where the cop is (in front, behind, side), how far away they are, and whether they are stationary or moving towards or away from me.

I never got any radar hits in PA, but they don't need it. Vascar is deadly. Instant-on radar is deadly as well. Have to use the Mark 1 eyeball for those situations.

Yeah, VA is a no-go for detectors. They can and will detect the signal if your using one.

BTW, I'm really not into speeding, I'm just an electronics nerd...
 

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Here's an idea.. slow down a little bit and save yourself the expense of a radar or a speeding ticket..

agreed. I know everyone likes to go fast every once and a while, but wasting your money on a radar dectector will just tempt you to speed anymore. No need for a solution if there isn't a problem. Solve it the sensible way...slow down :p
 

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agreed. I know everyone likes to go fast every once and a while, but wasting your money on a radar dectector will just tempt you to speed anymore. No need for a solution if there isn't a problem. Solve it the sensible way...slow down :p
its been working well for me. i drive a bit fast once in a while, but for daily driving i never go above 5 over. and i have no tickets at all.
 

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Pacing is a tough one. You have to stay alert.
Not too tough during the day, if you stay alert. VERY tough at night on busy roads. I go up to Balitmore a lot, and there it gets really tough - they have a lot of unmarked vehicles, including Explorers, Mustangs, and even some old mid-sized vehicle that you wouldn't expect (spotted when they were ahead of me, based on the light cluster seen through the rear window, or because they had pulled over someone else) - none of these had visible radar units and probably just had calibrated speedos for pacing.

As for not speeding - the speed limit on 695 (Baltimore) is 55, and most driivers go closer to 65. I spend even more time on 495 (MD/VA) and 270, which are also posted at 55 but with average speeds closer to 65 (when not crawling due to traffic).

This is one of the main reasons I chose a boring silver 4D 2008 WRX - it doesn't stand out, so that they'll choose someone in the flashy red sports car and leave me alone.
 
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