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On the way back from the office last night, I get pulled over by Officer Friendly for doing 19 over the limit. I wasn't even in the maser so, it's like I've wasted my 'gimme' ticket......f**k!!!!. I'm completely bummed out and can't even imagine having to drive restrained in the GS.....it's like wearing a straight jacket with Eva Longoria dancing about naked (sorry - best I could do under the circumstances).

I'm on a mission now to get a radar detector and would like to know, from those of you that already have one, if you had it to do all over again, what would you do? I've seen a number of references in various posts about Buzz's V1, the Bell STi and other's K40s. I want something that won't set me back a paycheck and wonder whether the built-in (remote) variety is better than the portable types. Also, anyone have any strong feelings about jammers?

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On the way back from the office last night, I get pulled over by Officer Friendly for doing 19 over the limit. I wasn't even in the maser so, it's like I've wasted my 'gimme' ticket......f**k!!!!. I'm completely bummed out and can't even imagine having to drive restrained in the GS.....it's like wearing a straight jacket with Eva Longoria dancing about naked (sorry - best I could do under the circumstances).

I'm on a mission now to get a radar detector and would like to know, from those of you that already have one, if you had it to do all over again, what would you do? I've seen a number of references in various posts about Buzz's V1, the Bell STi and other's K40s. I want something that won't set me back a paycheck and wonder whether the built-in (remote) variety is better than the portable types. Also, anyone have any strong feelings about jammers?

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Aren't radar detectors illegal in Virginia? If you're stopped for a traffic violation and the cops see it, you'll have another problem to deal with.
 

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The Valentine One is a very good product and will save you from many tickets... worth it's weight in gold, IMO.

Jammers do work, I've tested it with an "off duty" officer for fun. The detector just displays random speeds. I asked him what he would do if he saw that and a speeding car. He said I'd just let him go thinking that there was a bug with the readout, it would work for the next speeder and I wouldn't think anything of it.

One word of advise is to hide a jammer, legal in your state or not. Mount it under the hood, through the grill or similar. Do NOT get caught with one. They do not like it very much from what I've heard.
 

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In Virginia, you MUST get the BEL Driver STI. Virginia law enforcement has recently upgraded their "radar detector detectors" to the "SPECTRE" system. The Driver STI is the ONLY unit that will not set off the SPECTRE unit. If you use any other radar detector, you will attract attention. It is in the last few months that they started rolling out these units in patrol cars. Soon, all will have them. SPECTRE is much more effective than the old VG2 and VG3 units. It will easily detect Valentine, Cobra(!), K40, and everything but the STi.

Seriously, in Virginia, if you don't want to paint a big target on yourself the BEL Driver STi is the only choice now available. If you don't take my word for it, google it. You'll see that your choice is now very easy. The only downside is that it's not yet available as an installed remote unit in the USA.
 

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On the postive side had the officer given you a ticket for 20+, you would have triggered the Abusive Driver Fine. For those who don't live in Virginia, it's the $750 - $3000 surcharged assigned ONLY to in-state drivers who are speeding 20 miles or over the limit. The legislature is currently debating abolishing the fine.

I have an integrated K40, which I have on all of my cars. However, my impression is that the K40 is generally one step behind other manufacturers, which is an important issue in Virginia where turning on a detector is against the law. Additionally, the K40s are not inexpensive.
 

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Yes - I was lucky not to get nailed with 20+ over. And yes, I know that detectors are illegal in Virginia. I'm intrigued with the Bell STi and will have to do some more research as FastFreddy suggests. Vincent - you're right about the fines for abusive driving in good ole' VA - the cop (female) told me that she wouldn't write me up for doing 20 because she personally thought the fines themselves were abusive....(nice lady, that Officer Friendly). Oh yea - and to make matters worse, it was my birthday (which she felt obliged to remind me after looking over my license).

Thanks for all the tips - I think I'll check out the STI and the V1. Dean - the Veil URL was full of great info - I recommend to all on this thread.
 

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...I'm on a mission now to get a radar detector and would like to know, from those of you that already have one, if you had it to do all over again, what would you do? I've seen a number of references in various posts about Buzz's V1, the Bell STi and other's K40s. I want something that won't set me back a paycheck...
or a wife who can take care the traffic tickets for you :D V1 is pretty good + jammer + police radio monitor
 

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you need both

You need a V1 and something for the laser. The V1 is great - super sensitivity and directional so you know what's going on a lot better. Really can't be beat for radar. I have been saved so many times in so many different cars.

But laser is a different matter. "Detection" is basically just a "Hey, you are screwed!" alert. It's too late. The Escort SRX in real-time detects a laser signal, effectively scrambles it, let's you know so you can slow down and suppress the scrambling so the officer can get a signal on you (the one you want them to have). These are custom install jobs, hidden behind the front and rear grills (or on license plates for those cars that don’t have rear grills of some sort).
 

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I have an Escort SRX which is a unit that is fixed in the car like the K40. It came "for free" with my Jag, the owner threw it in. The radar has saved my bacon already dozens of times. I live in NJ/Eastern PA and regularly travel I80 where smokey often hides. I recently purchased a V1, as I always wanted one, and also to be able to take it to different cars. I got caught with the family in the minvan in Me about 6 months ago. 6 points, fortuntaly for me no reciprocality between ME and NJ. The V1 would have saved me. Smokey was driving a civvie Mustang. It had pulled over onto the hard shoulder but I could not see it as there was a semi to my right. The V1 would have found him out. I have had the V1 mounted next to the SRX in my Jag. The range is a little further with the v1, I think because of its high windscreen mount. The SRX is pretty close however. The SRX is however much more expensive. It retails for $1500 or so. on Ebay you can find them at $700 including shipping. They then need to be installed. Another $100 or so. The v1 is less esthetically pleasing as the SRX is nicely hidden among your instruments. But the V1 can be taken from car to car. So with multiple vehicles it is the way to go. The SRX has a laser deflector. It has gone off a few times, but I believe these were false alerts. So if the choice is only one unit I wholeheartedly endorse the V1. FWIW, as you live in VA.
 
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