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I've considering the purchase of a radar detector (passport escort 9500ix), but was curious as to people's experience with getting ticketed for go-with-the-traffic speeding (like driving 55 in a 45 right along with everyone else). Basically wondering if simply having a radar detector ups your chances of being pulled over for moving violations cops would normally let slide.

1) Has anyone with a visible radar detector only received a warning rather than a ticket after being pulled over?

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2) Since using a radar detector, do you ever (or often) get pulled over for going 8-12mph over the speed limit by cops who pace or use instant-on?

For any cops out there... If you spot a radar detector in someone's car, is that a major deciding factor for whether you pull them over or not?

In the past decade I've been pulled over maybe 20 times and have never received a ticket. I don't have a special trick, just the old method of honesty, respecting the officer, and being willing to take the ticket. Almost always going 10-12 over. Basically trying to figure out if by getting a radar detector I'm caching in all my mild-speeding ticket safety in the city for heavy-speeding ticket safety on a lonely highway.

Finally, I realize getting a hidden detector makes this thread somewhat less relevant, however the only hidden version of the 9500ix I could find was the 9500ci, which is an extra thousand bucks and illegal in California due to the laser shifting (I could be wrong on that, if I am, let me know).
 

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In the past decade I've been pulled over maybe 20 times and have never received a ticket. I don't have a special trick, just the old method of being white, honesty, respecting the officer, and being willing to take the ticket. Almost always going 10-12 over.

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If I were you I would just get the radar detector and not worry about it. If you do ever get pulled over, take it down quick and chances are the officer probably didn't even see it. I see what you are saying though. If the officer does see the radar detector, your chances of him/her letting you off with a warning are a lot less.
 

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the only thing worth paying money for in this arena is a laser radar jammer.

..one that works.

a radar detector used to combat any agency using a laser gun basically tells you the officer has already recorded your speed and is now going to pull you over and issue you a ticket.
 

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My radar detector has saved me from probably 50+ tickets. I used to pull it down when I would get pulled over, now I don't even bother. Here in NJ they're legal but if the cop is a real ******* then he might write you an obstruction of view ticket. No cop has ever even mentioned anything about my detector before.
 

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I've considering the purchase of a radar detector (passport escort 9500ix), but was curious as to people's experience with getting ticketed for go-with-the-traffic speeding (like driving 55 in a 45 right along with everyone else). Basically wondering if simply having a radar detector ups your chances of being pulled over for moving violations cops would normally let slide.

1) Has anyone with a visible radar detector only received a warning rather than a ticket after being pulled over?

and

2) Since using a radar detector, do you ever (or often) get pulled over for going 8-12mph over the speed limit by cops who pace or use instant-on?

For any cops out there... If you spot a radar detector in someone's car, is that a major deciding factor for whether you pull them over or not?

In the past decade I've been pulled over maybe 20 times and have never received a ticket. I don't have a special trick, just the old method of honesty, respecting the officer, and being willing to take the ticket. Almost always going 10-12 over. Basically trying to figure out if by getting a radar detector I'm caching in all my mild-speeding ticket safety in the city for heavy-speeding ticket safety on a lonely highway.

Finally, I realize getting a hidden detector makes this thread somewhat less relevant, however the only hidden version of the 9500ix I could find was the 9500ci, which is an extra thousand bucks and illegal in California due to the laser shifting (I could be wrong on that, if I am, let me know).
Wow....stupid replies in here.

Anyways.

1) I've been pulled over twice for speeding with my V1. Doing about 20-25 over the first time, but the cop wasn't running radar and I guess didn't feel like ticketing me. I was lucky. 2nd time I ran into a laser trap around a corner (shouldn't have been speeding around that corner anyways...stupid mistake) and got hit for 75 in a 55. I don't think they were letting anyone slide that day, the state troopers were hitting hard. That said, I think that if you are pulled over and have a visible radar detector, the LEO is more likely to write you a ticket.

2) Plenty of people have gotten ticketed from I/O radar, the V1 is the best on the market at detecting I/O but be careful...when used correctly it can be deadly. I've never been pulled over by pacing. A healthy tip is NOT to rely on your radar detector - it can help increase your situational awareness but is NOT a replacement for sharp eyes. Always stay alert :)

If hidden detectors are a concern for you, look for the Bel STi R. It's discontinued but can be still be found on the market. It has fantastic sensitivity and is an undetectable radar detector (if that matters to you). Although it is probably the best or close to the best in raw sensitivity, if I remember correctly it doesn't match the V1 in I/O performance. The STi-R Plus is the current version of the STi-R, but it is not sold in the US, so you'd have to import it somehow.

With all of that said, I couldn't imagine driving without a radar detector anymore. It has saved me so many times - in fact, I just had a save today when driving back from NJ, picked up C/O radar about 0.75 miles away. Although it may increase the chances that I'd get a ticket if I was pulled over, it's saved me way too many times to count for that to matter.

P.S. If you have tinted windows, hardwire your detector and mount it right at the tint strip so that the antenna/unit still has a clear view of the road but the cups are in the tint strip. It'll be basically invisible to the LEO who walks up to your window unless they stick their head through your window.
 

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the only thing worth paying money for in this arena is a laser radar jammer.

..one that works.

a radar detector used to combat any agency using a laser gun basically tells you the officer has already recorded your speed and is now going to pull you over and issue you a ticket.
Yeah, but how many cops run laser? 90% of the LEOs I encounter run constant-on radar, something that a radar detector would be very useful against. Of course, if you're serious about not getting tickets, a laser jammer is essential, but that doesn't mean a radar detector is useless/not worth the money.
 

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Talk to SolidJake, he has an every evolving obsession with Radar Detectors and Cops.

My best friend is a Sergeant at NYPD, and my cousin's newlywed husband is Chief of Police over in NJ
so I'm pretty much immune to whatever, whenever and wherever cops pull me over.

Also I never really speed anymore (no need to when you are the boss at the office), or do nonsense on the road so
I will most likely get pulled over for just being Black.

And they don't make a radar for being Black and driving!

So fcuk dat!
 

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Good advice, Levi. I suppose I wouldn't have bought a bimmer if I planned to keep the speed at a cop-friendly 8 over.

Re: Anub!s - yeah, and all those pull-overs were in the South, which makes you doubly correct.
 

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Good advice, Levi. I suppose I wouldn't have bought a bimmer if I planned to keep the speed at a cop-friendly 8 over.

Re: Anub!s - yeah, and all those pull-overs were in the South, which makes you doubly correct.
Worst ticket I ever got was in the fcuking south (NC/VA border-where the limit drops from 80 to 55 along the i95 corridor)

Ticket was for going 79 in a 65 and the fee was $25 but the Court Fee for the COunty was $130 totalling $155 on the ticket.

Now how do you contest a $25 ticket when the court fee alone is $130!?

Fcuk them! :argue:
 

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P.S. If you have tinted windows, hardwire your detector and mount it right at the tint strip so that the antenna/unit still has a clear view of the road but the cups are in the tint strip. It'll be basically invisible to the LEO who walks up to your window unless they stick their head through your window.
Good advice. And yeah, I've been oscillating between the V1 and the 9500ix. Seems the V1 wins on this forum, though most of the threads started in days when the passport's best was the 8500. I live in L.A., so the lack of false positives is a pretty big deal for me.
 

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Worst ticket I ever got was in the fcuking south
Yeah, the roads are great down there, plenty of farm roads and back roads where the cops are few. Makes you think you can let loose at 100mph. Then you hit a town with a population of 800, one cop, and a speed limit of 25mph down from a 55mph.
 

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Good advice. And yeah, I've been oscillating between the V1 and the 9500ix. Seems the V1 wins on this forum, though most of the threads started in days when the passport's best was the 8500. I live in L.A., so the lack of false positives is a pretty big deal for me.
Don't forget to look into the Escort Redline as well. I would probably have one of them if I didn't have my V1. If you're doing a lot of city driving the 9500ix would probably be the best choice.

Also make sure you check out radardetector.net, there is some really good info on that forum that will help you make your choice. If you don't want to spend a lot, I've heard refurbished 8500s are the best performance for the price.
 
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