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DenverChief
05-25-2007, 07:02 PM
I was just wondering how many people actually still use them and if you do what brand and model do you use? I was in Wal-Mart earlier and saw that they ranged in price from $40 to $150. I'll admit I used one up until I was discharged from the military.

KcMizzou
05-25-2007, 07:05 PM
No.

I got three tickets in a short time and lost my license for 30 days a couple years ago. By the time I got the warning letter from the second, I already had a third, so I was screwed.

Now I just set the cruise at the speed limit. (Ok, usually 5mph over)

Phobia
05-25-2007, 07:06 PM
I used one up until I worked on a project in Arizona. I had a pretty high end Escort. Stolen with the Yukon in Mexico, you might assume....

Nope, stolen when Brian's truck was broken into the following weekend. I have yet to replace it.

tmax63
05-25-2007, 07:07 PM
Guess I'm getting old but I don't use them anymore. Ever since they raised the speed limits back up to 70 or 75 on the interstates I find that fast enough. I run with the traffic flow everywhere else and find I have alot less stress in my commute.

yeti
05-25-2007, 07:14 PM
I use one. I bought a Whistler brand pro 70 (or something like that) about 3 years ago after I had got caught in a speed trap in Missouri. I drive a Subaru WRX so I usually am exceeding the speed limit because it is hard not to. However, the Whistler doesn't have the best filtering and it has moderate range but I swear it has saved from at least a couple tickets and that right there has paid for itself. When I get out of college and get a job I am going to go and buy the top of the line Escort (like the Passport 8500) or the best Bell one. I say that it is better than nothing if you are a person who speeds regularly. They are pretty much worthless to use while driving around town because there is so many signals from garage doors and such, but on the highway it is surprisingly effective.

Frazod
05-25-2007, 07:15 PM
Sorry, but when it comes to this subject, you are THE ENEMY. :harumph:

StcChief
05-25-2007, 07:17 PM
Sorry, but when it comes to this subject, you are THE ENEMY. :harumph:
No sh1t..... what Occifer I don't have a detector that connection is a charger for my cell.

Bwana
05-25-2007, 07:20 PM
Yep and a jammer. They have treated me VERY well.

DenverChief
05-25-2007, 07:23 PM
Sorry, but when it comes to this subject, you are THE ENEMY. :harumph:


LMAO Dork

Skip Towne
05-25-2007, 07:25 PM
I bought an Escort when they lowered the speed limit to 55. (1972 ?) I think I paid $300 for it. Still using it today.

Frazod
05-25-2007, 07:25 PM
LMAO Dork

Dude, you're a f#cking COP. This is like Hannibal Lechter asking me how I'd like my liver cooked. :p

DenverChief
05-25-2007, 07:25 PM
Yep and a jammer. They have treated me VERY well.


Interesting, I take it the jammer is a separate piece of equipment? You know that doesn't work for LIDAR?

DenverChief
05-25-2007, 07:27 PM
I bought an Escort when they lowered the speed limit to 55. (1972 ?) I think I paid $300 for it. Still using it today.


I have never heard of Escort...only Cobra and Whistler....where do you find them at?

DenverChief
05-25-2007, 07:28 PM
This is like Hannibal Lechter asking me how I'd like my liver cooked. :p


Medium rare?

Skip Towne
05-25-2007, 07:30 PM
I have never heard of Escort...only Cobra and Whistler....where do you find them at?
Google it. I don't remember where I got it. Ebay might work too. You can buy "used" Escorts at some truck stops.

StcChief
05-25-2007, 07:36 PM
yeah with cop heavy weekend to hand out tickets....

the chase cars are all hiding using unmarked cars to tag 'em on 40 coming in to STL/ leaving by O'Fallon.

They need to get a real job go find crack dealer/muggers the real criminals

DenverChief
05-25-2007, 07:40 PM
yeah with cop heavy weekend to hand out tickets....

the chase cars are all hiding using unmarked cars to tag 'em on 40 coming in to STL/ leaving by O'Fallon.

They need to get a real job go find crack dealer/muggers the real criminals

Personally I like to find the DUI's

Spott
05-25-2007, 07:45 PM
I've never had a radar detector. I just don't drive more than 10mph over the limit.

BigVE
05-25-2007, 07:57 PM
I have used one for years and it has saved me many times but it certainly is not fool proof. I'm not the speeding type but we all get a bit lead-footed at times or don't quite pay enough attention and let the speed creep over the speed limit.

Baconeater
05-25-2007, 08:03 PM
I borrowed one from my brother once and the thing annoyed me more than it helped. Every time it made a noise, I'd instinctively hit the brakes and look around for cops, and half the time I wasn't even speeding to begin with. I've always found it's better to wait until someone else with one passes me, and then I'd stay on pace with them about 1/4 mile or so behind them. If I saw brake lights I knew to slow down.

RJ
05-25-2007, 08:13 PM
Never needed one, never will need one, and I doubt it takes me any longer to get around than the speeders. I guess if you're driving a few hundred miles you can make some time going 10-15 mph over but around town it makes no sense.

BTW, I don't buy the idea that certain cars make it difficult to drive near the speed limit. I've driven many vehicles but have never met one that wouldn't slow down.

el borracho
05-25-2007, 08:44 PM
No, I don't use them. In fact, I always remove them from any car I purchase if there happens to be one because they are so freaking annoying. I know how to drive and I value peace; I neither need nor want another electronic device in my life beeping senselessly at me.

Wile_E_Coyote
05-25-2007, 08:51 PM
Speeding doesn't get me there that much faster to make it worth the risk

Dark Horse
05-25-2007, 09:34 PM
I bought an Escort when they lowered the speed limit to 55. (1972 ?) I think I paid $300 for it. Still using it today.

I had a friend that had an Escort his wouldn't run over 55 either. At least they didn't explode like the Pintos.

yeti
05-25-2007, 10:42 PM
Granted the beeping can get annoying but there are settings that make it only beep once and then it is quiet. I have found that only long highway trips, particularly at night, it is nice to have something to beep at you every so often and help keep you awake. Plus it is kind of fun to try and find where the cops are when it goes off. Just something to help break up the monotony driving.

Mr. Laz
05-25-2007, 10:44 PM
Sorry, but when it comes to this subject, you are THE ENEMY. :harumph:
my thoughts exactly


don't answer ...... he's the fuzz


:cuss:

Dunit35
05-25-2007, 10:56 PM
My bro has one. I don't have one, don't need it. As someone said earlier getting to a place quicker is not worth the risk of paying a 150 dollar ticket. Actually my speedometer lights are out and at night I can't see how fast I am driving. They've been out for 6 months now. Sometimes when I'm driving I turn the cab light on to see how fast I am going and I'm only going 60.

TJR1486
05-26-2007, 12:52 AM
i have a escort 8500 x50, you can get them at best buy for about $300, havent had a speeding ticket since. I also have a friend that has one of the Phasers, the one that pays your tickets if u get one. He is always going over the speed limit in his 05 mustang GT by atleast 20, has yet to get one

Phobia
05-26-2007, 01:00 AM
i have a escort 8500 x50, you can get them at best buy for about $300, havent had a speeding ticket since. I also have a friend that has one of the Phasers, the one that pays your tickets if u get one. He is always going over the speed limit in his 05 mustang GT by atleast 20, has yet to get one

Yeah, I spent $600 on a phaser some years ago. Got a ticket in Arkansas with that thing. It never blipped once. Slightly overrated, I'd say.

Miles
05-26-2007, 01:19 AM
I have an Escort 8500 that I use for highway driving and have been very satisfied with it.

patteeu
05-26-2007, 09:37 AM
No.

I got three tickets in a short time and lost my license for 30 days a couple years ago. By the time I got the warning letter from the second, I already had a third, so I was screwed.

Now I just set the cruise at the speed limit. (Ok, usually 5mph over)

I got 3 speeding tickets in one weekend once. I was going to the lake for a scuba diving open water certification class and got the first two tickets within 45 minutes of each other on the way down. I joked around about it with my class mates over the weekend and when it was time to drive home on Sunday, one of them challenged me to a race back to the city. Foolishly, I took him up on it.

About half way back to the city, I saw the, by now familiar, flashing red lights in my rearview mirror and got a sick feeling in my gut. As I was waiting in the patrol car for the officer to write ticket #3, I heard some chatter on the radio and realized that my class mate had been stopped by another officer and because he was going so fast, they were taking him down to the station, lol. I got my ticket, got back in my car, and proceeded at a legal pace back home.

I found out later that I was lucky that the three tickets (especially the first two) were in different jurisdictions because I may well have spent the night in jail otherwise. I also discovered the routine scam where a lawyer can get speeding tickets reduced to no-point violations if you're willing to pay ehanced fines so I didn't lose my license over the deal. It was enough to make me decide to go to law school so I could be in the good ol' boys club too.

P.S. I don't use a radar detector, but I don't drive that fast anymore either.

Silock
05-26-2007, 09:44 AM
I don't speed too often anymore, but I still have one and am looking to buy another one.

I use the Escort 8500, and it's very nice. It doesn't beep a lot at false signals. I want the new 9500 Escort, because it has a GPS memory location feature. You can tell it where the false alarms are, and it will memorize it based on GPS location and won't beep there again. You can also hook it up to your computer and it will download a constantly updated nationwide database of Speed Traps, so when you approach that GPS location, it gives you a speed trap warning.

Sure, I'm a huge nerd, but that's pretty ****in' cool.

cdcox
05-26-2007, 10:01 AM
I drive faster than about 95% of the cars around me. In other words, I avoid being the fastest car on the road, becuase that is who the cops are going to target. I've never had a radar detector and have never gotten a speeding ticket.

Tennessee is also extremely lax in speed limit enforcement. Every day I do 70+ through a 55 stretch of Interstate am still getting passed. I'd say 75% of the cars and trucks are doing better than 65. Recently that stretch of road was under construction and was posted as 45. If traffic was not backed up you could still do 60 to 65 without much fear of a ticket. Ironically, there is a State Troopers office off one of the exits along this stretch of road.

When I travel out of state, I still use the 95% rule except on holiday weekends where the cops are out in force. Then I keep it to 5 to 7 over the speed limit.

Kerberos
05-26-2007, 02:07 PM
my thoughts exactly


don't answer ...... he's the fuzz


:cuss:

Yup

5.0 man 5.0

Delano
05-26-2007, 02:19 PM
I had a Valentine One and liked it, but I sold it a year ago. It served it's purpose very nicely.