Cop radar app.

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    I can not testify to how things are done in GA. I can, however, testify how things are done in MD.

    That said I think I see where the miscommunication is here. You refer to simply switching the unit on and measuring speed and charging accordingly. You are correct in say that is the improper way to use the equipment.

    As a certified RADAR and LASER user, I will clarify for you. At the beginning of shift, an RADAR set that is integrated into the patrol vehicle has two antennas. One facing forward, the other rearward. When the unit is turned on, and completes its own internal check, the user SHOULD test each antenna with special tuning forks. When you tap the tuning fork on a hard object, it vibrates. User holds the tuning fork in front of the antenna and the display should show the proper speed. (Its been awhile, honestly, but if I recall, one was set to she 35mph the other 55mph).

    Now. After the RADR unit is in proper working order, it is time to go to work.

    With the unit on, but in standby mode, you observe traffic. (Part of the certification process is, you must be able to accuretly estimate the speed of a particular vehicle with 5% (+/-) of its actual speed w/o the use of equipment) When the user observes a vehicle suspected of speeding, the user estimates the speed, then takes the unit out of standby mode, effectively "POPing" on. User compares the vehicle speed displayed on the RADAR unit to the estimated speed.

    So you see it is a process. Observe the vehicle. Estimate speed. Check the estimation with the RADAR unit. Also, consider any other possible interference such as other vehicles and take appropriate action.

    Based on what I've read from you so far, this is probably the best info on the subject you've seen.
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    That's precisely what rabbits are for. Though around here most radar traps are running with their radars constantly on.

    As with anything, worth is subjective. If you're going to worry then worry with the right tools (i.e. not Trapster by itself).

    You never know. I had 3 saves from detecting scatter before I got my LI. Like I said, you can't count on it but it does happen from time to time.
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    ^^ I'm in Atlanta as well... The cop situation is out of control in my area and where I work (Sandy Springs and Alpharetta). I can't go 2 miles without seeing 3 cops. In my areas anyway... its all laser, all the time. So, unless I get lucky and the car in front of me gets popped, I'm screwed. But, to be honest, I've slowed down since GA is obviously a full on a revenue generating police state.... But back on topic, I think Trapster is worthless... It would be better if it deleted any reports over one day old... Looking at my route and seeing 8 warnings, all of them wildly out of date isn't worth my time.
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    Properly set up traps are nearly impossible to beat. They're also extremely rare.

    I recommend a good traffic attorney as a last resort.
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    just do what i do...

    escort 9500ix radar detector (red light cameras, speed cameras, gps)
    laser interceptor jammers.

    i have yet to let a cop beat me and get a lock and reading on me.
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    OK, Im knocking on wood here but I have been pretty pleased with my 9500ix and laser jammer. The GPS featues are a nice addition. I had the 8500 before that.

    I also try to stay alert and anticipate how I would setup on me. And last, I don't goose her constantly or there would be more on my DMV. Heh!
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