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I have been looking into radar detectors for a little while now. I am 16 and my parents would flip if I ever got a ticket (I only go around 5-10 over depending on my surroundings). I want one that has a decent price that gets the job done. As much as I want the Escort Passport 9500ix, I don't have 400$+ to blow away. Thanks :)
 

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whistler and cobra are decent budget ones. if you have around $300 check out the escort 8500. great unit and has all the features most people need. Just remember that it doesn't make you "cop proof". generally speaking, by the time the thing goes off they have already tagged you and you are done for anyway. the better ones (such as escort and valentine) have a better range on them and can pick up signal sooner, but not by much.

On a side note I would recommend not going more than 4 over. that is usually still at the level of a non-moving violation and no points on your lisence. going over the speed limit will just get you in trouble and make life harder. try getting a job for anything auto related with multiple tickets on your record. let alone the cost and headache of getting tickets. and if you do the math the only time speeding saves you time is when you are traveling long distances (several hours or more). Just food for thought. it may be fun and you feel like you are making good time, but is it really worth the added stress and cost?
 

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I wouldn't encourage inexperienced drivers (you will be one for a good 5 years minimum) to drive beyond their capabilities (speeding). IMHO 16 years old is too young for an unaccompanied driver's license, given how easy it is to get one. IF you take a REAL driver's ed course such as those given by Skip Barber, you can at least learn some skills to go with your admittedly superior reaction times. However, nothing can take the place of experience. Knowing how your vehicle will behave in rain, heat, snow, etc. is just something you have to experience to understand.
That said, if you are going to get a detector, $400 for a Valentine-1 is NOT blowing money away. I have had one for 20 years, it still works perfectly, and has paid for itself 20x. You can't imagine how useful the front and rear antennas are, as well as the ability to know where the "bogey" is. However, as Kipp has said, when the detector goes off, you are most likely toast, and when the trooper finds the V-1 or Escort on your dash/windshield, you are not so likely to get the benefit of the doubt. Good luck
 

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I know for Pennsylvania that only state police can use radar. Local cops cannot use radar guns so before buying that research local laws.
 

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I have a whistler xtr-695.. Only 79 bucks

It has a 7 l.e.d. Screen that matches the blue ford focus lighting. It also has real voice alert and 2 LEDs that blink when the detector goes off..

It was a great buy!
 

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I have been looking into radar detectors for a little while now. I am 16 and my parents would flip if I ever got a ticket (I only go around 5-10 over depending on my surroundings). I want one that has a decent price that gets the job done. As much as I want the Escort Passport 9500ix, I don't have 400$+ to blow away. Thanks :)
When driving, do not go faster than the flow of traffic and you will not likely be pulled over if not weaving or changing lanes without turn signals. Best advice; don't do anything that will put a spotlight on you differentiating you from other traffic. Radar detectors with the new radars will do little to help you from getting a ticket. Save your money, because it sounds like you may need it to pay fines and higher insurance rates if your driving habits do not change.

I have driven for 47 years following the same advise I just gave you, without a radar detector, and have not got a ticket for speeding.
 

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Simple answer:

most police forces these days are using Lidar, so a radar detector isnt going to catch everything. Also, like most things car related, cheap equipent isnt worth the money. Cheap radar detectors have pitiful range, and beep every time you pass an automatic door opener, or when somebody presses their garage door button.

Unless you want t spend the money for a decent radar detector such as the 9500ix, as well as install a laser jammer, any money you spend will be money wasted. And finally, so long as you arent more than 10mph over the limit, its easy to contest the ticket. So just follow the law.
 

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In my experience it is a lot easier to avoid laser since the cops have to be out in the open and aim the unit at a particular car to get a reading not to mention you have to be a lot closer for it to read.

Also, the local cops i know avoid using laser because they have to be out in the open and aim it. They have told me they can write all the tickets they want using radar.

Range is the least important spec on a radar detector. They all can pick up a signal long before the gun will register you.

Regardless of what brand you buy paying attention is the best way to not get bagged.
 

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In my experience it is a lot easier to avoid laser since the cops have to be out in the open and aim the unit at a particular car to get a reading not to mention you have to be a lot closer for it to read.

Also, the local cops i know avoid using laser because they have to be out in the open and aim it. They have told me they can write all the tickets they want using radar.

Range is the least important spec on a radar detector. They all can pick up a signal long before the gun will register you.

Regardless of what brand you buy paying attention is the best way to not get bagged.
well first of all they have to be in the open or else it is entrapment. secondly cheaper radar detector ( id say 150 or less ) will not be as effective as other more expensive ( 200+ ) radar detectors. you can get decent detectors for 150-200 but not the best. last but not least, if you do get a speeding ticket and you know they clocked you just be honest. when they ask if you know or why you where speeding tell them the truth it will most likely be eassier on you. my dad does a lot of work on cop cars here in ak and most of the police said if people are more honest they are more willing to lot them off if they have a good driving record aswell. i got pulled over doing 90 in a 65 he asked why i was told him im sick and tired and just got off work and trying to get home he dropped it to a minor speeding ticket. 75 in a 65. huge difference. looking for cops doesnt work the best either, some will hide and check your speed as you go past and if speeding they radio to a cop ahead that usually hides on a over pass and they get you when you go by. when asked about hiding on the overpass they just claim they were coming down the overpass to get on the highway. have fun trying to prove entrapment there.
 

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I know for Pennsylvania that only state police can use radar. Local cops cannot use radar guns so before buying that research local laws.
I thought they could, but it required special training that most skip.

Anyway, most local departments use some unholy thing called ENRADD. It's currently undetectable. I use an app called Trapster for finding police, but it's not perfect.

For example, I just for a ticket for doing 56 in a 45. The 45 zone is a short, less than 1/4 mile strip between two 55 mph zones. I normally just coast through, because who wants to waste the gas slamming on the breaks just to speed up afterwards?
Went right through the trap near the beginning of the 45 zone, doing 56. I got no points, but I don't think an 11mph over ticket is really fair anyway, especially since I was doing the limit before the limit suddenly dropped by 10 mph =/
 

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I don't know what the laws are where you live but for the most part the cops where i live are always tucked in behind a bush or up on the embankment of an overpass where they aren't noticeable. When they are using laser they are either out of the car or 90 degrees to the traffic so they can shoot out an open window, either of which makes them more visible.
 

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if they cant be seen with in x amount of distance it is entrapment. i dont know the distance but they do have to be visible, also i know here in ak undercovers cant sit and wait and all marked vehicles that do sit and wait have to be clearly visible with either running lights on or headlights on at night. most states will be similar to this. just have to find the details.
 

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I thought they could, but it required special training that most skip.

Anyway, most local departments use some unholy thing called ENRADD. It's currently undetectable. I use an app called Trapster for finding police, but it's not perfect.

For example, I just for a ticket for doing 56 in a 45. The 45 zone is a short, less than 1/4 mile strip between two 55 mph zones. I normally just coast through, because who wants to waste the gas slamming on the breaks just to speed up afterwards?
Went right through the trap near the beginning of the 45 zone, doing 56. I got no points, but I don't think an 11mph over ticket is really fair anyway, especially since I was doing the limit before the limit suddenly dropped by 10 mph =/
Yeah from what i was told you need to be a state cop to have a radar detector. As for the only other way cops to get you speeding around here is following you, and going through the white lines when they have their traps setup.
 

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if they cant be seen with in x amount of distance it is entrapment. i dont know the distance but they do have to be visible, also i know here in ak undercovers cant sit and wait and all marked vehicles that do sit and wait have to be clearly visible with either running lights on or headlights on at night. most states will be similar to this. just have to find the details.
That certainly isn't entrapment by any definition i have seen. Entrapment is when you are enticed into doing something illegal then get bag for it. For example; you are sitting at a light and a cop in an unmarked car pulls up next to you and challenges you to a race and you accept the challenge then get pulled over by that cop for racing.

A cop sitting at the side of the road hidden or not waiting for someone to come along speeding is not entrapment.

I live in Mass even though i have seen cruisers both marked and unmarked parked with lights on i have seen more with no lights and local cops are almost always hidden.

A favorite of the state police is to park just over a hill and as soon as you crest the hill you are clocked. Certainly not meeting any min distance for being visible. The state police also use Mustang and Camaro unmarked cars for clocking speeders. That a clear case of them trying to disguise them selves.

In NH they have marks painted on the road and use airplanes to time cars between the marks and have cruisers waiting up the road to pull you over. Another clear case of hiding themselves in order to catch speeders.
 

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well, i looked at the law in mass and you are correct on that. i also went ahead and looked at the law here in alaska and it looks as if the few police i have talked to were lying to me. apparently it is fine for them to hide. just another reason not to like cops i guess.
 
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