Avoid speed-trap tickets with a radar & laser detector - Under $30
I know I am going to get a bunch of negative feedback on this one so let me put those issues on the table immediately. This article is NOT intended to help people speed. In fact, I'm absolutely against speeding, being the father of two young children and a very careful driver. Radar detectors are a constant reminder to keep your speed down, and if you do happen to enter a dreaded speed-trap, this little device from Buy.com will save you the cost of a ticket and those inevitable insurance hikes.
Speed-traps are exactly that. They're places where high numbers of tickets are issued by police due to several factors, including poor signage, quickly changing speed limits and the demand for increased ticket revenue.
When my state (Colorado) had budget problems a few years ago, the number of tickets issued spiked significantly. My wife and I both got a ticket within 7 days of each other, on a stretch of road that goes from 55mph to 45mph to 35mph in the space of around 1-2 miles. The resulting tickets issued, and insurance raises, cost us well over $400 that year. And those costs continued until the tickets came off last year.
My best friend alsogot a ticket recently. He wasn't going above the speed limit, he was accelerating quickly from 10 to 30. The radar gun flagged him as doing over 50mph in a 30mph zone, but he had never even reached 30mph. THis is something that could probably have been successfully argued in court, but he did what most of us do...he just paid the ticket and took the point and insurance raises.
Enter the radar detector from Buy.com . It's less than $30 ($28.99, down from $99.95), comes with FREE shipping, windshield mount and power cord, and should help to make your driving both safer and less costly. Like I said earlier and I will restate, this is not a license to speed. Quite the opposite, it's something that you should use to stay legal, kill your speed and monitor your driving habits. I know plenty of people will have opposing opinions, and sure, there are boy-racers out there who are clearly using them for the wrong reasons. But my intent is to ensure you aren't caught in those speed traps that can take any of us by surprise, and end up costing us a fortune.
Is it legal? This should explain it all:
The FCC passed the Communications Act in 1934 to give all citizens the right to receive all types of radio transmissions. The same radio frequencies used by police radar are also used by other devices, such as automatic door openers, burglar alarms, and some amateur radio equipment. Since the RMR-D240 is just a radio receiver tuned to a specific portion of the public radio spectrum, it is protected under this act.
The use of a radar detector in a passenger vehicle is legal in all states with the exception of Virginia, Washington DC. and on military bases.
Radar detectors are illegal in all commercial vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds
In Canada, the only three provinces that allow their use are Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
Many overseas countries also ban their use, such as Portugal, Finland and Spain.
In areas that radar detectors are illegal, law enforcement use a device called the Spectre that is able to detect the use of radar detector in your car or truck.
Remember, stay safe and legal folks. Happy driving.
Note: $28.99 + free shipping deal correct at time of publication.