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Old 05-01-2009, 04:10 PM
 
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I can say from experience that the fine initially starts out by having you drive over your own radar detector.
They used to confiscate the detector, now it us just a $25 fine plus court cost. My Escort 8500 is undetectable. I was caught because I was driving at night on Rt 28. My detector went off and I immediately hit the brakes out of habit. The cop new I had a detector because I hit my brakes for no reason.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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They used to confiscate the detector, now it us just a $25 fine plus court cost. My Escort 8500 is undetectable. I was caught because I was driving at night on Rt 28. My detector went off and I immediately hit the brakes out of habit. The cop new I had a detector because I hit my brakes for no reason.
That cop's a smart cookie!
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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What the hell are you talking about? I've been driving in Va since 1975 and I'm under no stress due to not being able to use a radar detector. The stress is caused by increased traffic and stupid drivers that think speeding is a God given right.
But if I'm on vacation there, using a rental car, will there be a radar detector in the car? No!

I love small towns. One time I was driving thru a small town in Kentucky, was doing nothing wrong, and this patrol officer was on my bumper from one end of town to the other, just waiting for me to do something wrong. Now that's stress!

Driving south from Superior, WI one afternoon, I had a patrol officer follow me for over 40 miles, just waiting for me to go a few miles over the limit.
Now that's stress!

In Arizona they have photo radar hidden in plastic cactus along rodeways.
Just knowing that creates stress!

Like I've said, you leave a very stressful job, you want a vacation free from stress.

And, I have to admit, we're spoiled out here in the West with our 75MPH speed limits on interstates (only ticketed after 85) and in rural Nevada the speed limit is 70MPH on two-lane roads. And here, in Las Vegas, on the major avenues in the city, the speed limit is 45MPH. But once you've got accustomed to that, it's hard to slow down elsewhere!

On a trip to England some time ago, after 3 weeks of cruising their interstate highways at speeds of 100-110MPH (and people passing me by at faster speeds) I got a speeding ticket shortly after my trip. Thank God I didn't go to Germany and driving their autobahns at 150! Hey! It's what you grow accustomed to!
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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They used to confiscate the detector, now it us just a $25 fine plus court cost. My Escort 8500 is undetectable. I was caught because I was driving at night on Rt 28. My detector went off and I immediately hit the brakes out of habit. The cop new I had a detector because I hit my brakes for no reason.
Actually, he GUESSED you had a radar detector. Because of a recent Supreme Court decision, I doubt he could have searched your vehicle had you put it under your seat.
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Old 05-02-2009, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Actually, he GUESSED you had a radar detector. Because of a recent Supreme Court decision, I doubt he could have searched your vehicle had you put it under your seat.
He based his educated guess on his professional and learned experiences as a police officer which the court more than accepts. Meaning he could have entered the car had he wanted to.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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He based his educated guess on his professional and learned experiences as a police officer which the court more than accepts. Meaning he could have entered the car had he wanted to.
I don't believe that the educated guess resulting from tapping one's brakes amounts to probable cause, but even if it does, there is the tiny matter of the requirements for a WARRANT, and a CRIME.

Since he was not being arrested, even the Supreme Court decision doesn't really apply now that I think about it.

Not that I'm really interested in radar detectors (since I don't understand how people speed around here anyway), but the ban of them is solely a tax generation tactic and has nothing to do with safety. I don't believe there has been a study showing that the use of a radar detectors increases the likelihood of having an accident. In fact, I don't believe there is a credible link between speeding and the likelihood of having an accident. If anyone has a credible cite, please post it. I'm just guessing, but I suspect that age, sobriety, stupidity, and experience have a lot more to do with having vehicle accidents. So, don't allow drivers unless they are 25 - 56 (I'm 55), have to blow into a tube in order to start their car, smart enough to change a tire, and have 5 years driving experience. Gee, no more new drivers!

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Old 03-08-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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Default avoid speeding

I don't like the stress of exceeding the speed limit and I have figured that a 15 minute stop on the edge of the highway as negated any time I gained by going 7-10mph over the posted limit.

Now there is no stress and more money stays in my bank and pocket. I follow the 2 second rule on the highway and stay pretty much with the flow of traffic concerning speeds.

BTW - the 2 second rule simply means that whatever the vehicle in front of you passes that is stationary, you pass it, at least, 2 seconds later, giving you time to react to an emergency stop.
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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The driving manual says 3 second rule.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:52 AM
 
Location: East Pittsburgh suburb
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What is stressful is idiots doing 55 in the left lane - forcing others to pass on the right.

The law clearly states that the left lane is for passing, and slow moving vehicles should stay in the right lane.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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What is stressful is idiots doing 55 in the left lane - forcing others to pass on the right.

The law clearly states that the left lane is for passing, and slow moving vehicles should stay in the right lane.
Wow, if only the cops would enforce THAT. I wasn't aware people in VA knew to drive in any lane other than the left one.

First time poster here because I was pulled over in VA last week on my way to NC (from NJ) for a long Memorial Day weekend trip.

I wasn't even speeding but had forgotten to turn my radar detector off when crossing over into VA... it was about 4:30am when we crossed over and I just didn't think about it.

So the trooper pulled me over for the detector.

I just completed the online pre-pay.

so for those who are wondering how much it costs to get caught with a detector... (which is what led me here to this thread/board) the answer is $102.50.
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