Why you need a
Many drivers with a
technical background believe that because of the speed of radar signals, a
radar detector just confirms you got a ticket. That is far from the
truth. In practice, your radar detector tells you that other drivers
ahead of your are being measured for speed. You will know a mile
before you reach Bear that you are approaching a speed trap and give you
plenty of time to slow down. Also, don't forget to smile as you get
your picture taken.
Another advantage of
a Radar Detector is the feedback you get from false signals. When a
radar signal is recorded, the Radar Detector beeps and reminds you to
check your speed. This constant feedback is wonderful for helping
you keep your speed under check.
The new "Instant On"
radars currently being used by Bear still tells you in advance you are
approaching a speed trap as Bear is checking traffic ahead of you.
"Instant On" can still be defeated by a Radar Detector.
Detectors are great because they take advantage of the concept "Bears are
Creatures of Habit" and remembers where you recorded radar signals in the
past. As you approach those same GPS coordinates, the GPS Radar
Detector gives you a warning that you are approaching the same GPS
During the last
couple years, we have seen local governments foolishly spend their budget surpluses
and they are raising the cost of traffic citations to exorbitant rates to
keep their budgets work.
$1000 for a speeding ticket is not uncommon and when you add the increase
in your car insurance rates, a traffic citation gets very expensive.
Driving today is
different from driving just a couple years ago. State and local
governments are increasing their efforts to raise funds by increasing the
number of patrol cars working traffic. Today you need a radar
detector to protect your pocket book.
technology, lasers and cameras are being combined to measure your speed
and take your picture. The speeding driver will receive a citation
in the mail from an automated bear trap. For this reason, all
vehicles need to be equipped with a laser
Are Radar Detectors
legal? The law is changing frequently, but the latest we hear is the
State of Virginia and the District of Washington DC have made radar
detectors illegal in private vehicles. The Department of
Transportation made it illegal to use a radar detector in commercial
vehicles about 1995. However I have used one in a big truck for
years. Just make sure it is unplugged and placed in the sleeper when
you enter a chicken coup - weigh station. If you get caught, they
will give you a citation, but Bear will usually not take the Radar
The money saved
knowing where the speed traps are located will pay for your Radar Detector
every month if you drive a lot of miles.