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I'm not blaming it on the SpeedoDRD but I installed it last week and did a spontanious jaunt to the mountains yesterday. I got pulled by SHP on I85 3-lane going out of Charlotte. Unfortunately I got his attention by passing a big-rig on the right because maw-maw was hanging with it in the left "passing" lane creating a huge back-up. I decided to bust a move around the right and get in front of traffic.
After making the move I setteled in at 75-80 mph on my speedometer completely forgetting that I installed the SpeedoDRD. Usually i'm running 8-9 mph slower.
Suddenly I noticed a silver Charger on my ass. WTH!
He was just a kid but told me that he clocked me at 76 so imediately I thought ...oh yea...dang! I handed him my license and he returned it with a ticket. He said that he reduced it to 75 to keep me out of court...I was like ...WHAT? Turns out that I was in a 60 mph zone. Nobody does less than 70 thru that area.
Oh well! 1st ticket in a long time. Kinda squashed the fun out of my trip.
On the way home today it thought for a brief moment that there may be some creative logic behind the typical speedo error. It made me feel at least like I was hooligan when in fact I was barely going over the limit. LOL!
 

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In Australia they will almost always take you down to the next level on any speeding tickets, this is so you feel like you got away with something and you will happily pay the ticket .

They spend less time in court with people challenging them.

In NSW we get a 10% fudge for speedo error, again to stop the court challenges.
 

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fudge factor

Think about that there fudge factor for a minute

by Oz design rules your speedo is no better than 10% accurate so there goes that bit.

Anywhere overseas you get like 10 or 15 in MPH over before they look at you if at all.

That equates to near enough 20 - 25 KPH over the limit and you are basically ignored unless you are being a complete tosser.

This nanny state of a country is so addicted to the income that comes from the fines imposted on the poor long suffering motorist that they could never go back to a common sense structure. we keep getting this "speed kills" mantra shoved down our throats and most just go along with it. Never thinking for a minute that attention to unrealistically strict speed limits distracts from attention to actually driving.

Rant over
go back to what you were doing

Tom R
 

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In Victoria at the moment you only have to be 1-2 kmh over and you can get pinged. Because that's so dangerous. Not like the drug manufacturers/pushers.

And ADR allow the speedo to read up to 10 percent OVER, not under.
 

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Oh, and the road toll is up this year, so obviously the speed cameras are working really well..........
 

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My son graduated from Univ South Carolina so in my countless rides down to see him, I had numerous opportunities to meet the fabled North Carolina Highway Patrol. I'm sure they are all excellent officers so I saw no reason to meet them personally, so I bought "my little friend", an Escort 8500x and it saved me from several in-person get together s with them. The only thing I had to remember was to remove it from it's Velcro mount and stash it in my pocket when entering Va.

I bought it on fleabay a couple years back, sealed it for outside use and it has been flawless. Anything that emits a signal is exposed a long way off, even around some corners and hills!


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My son graduated from Univ South Carolina so in my countless rides down to see him, I had numerous opportunities to meet the fabled North Carolina Highway Patrol. I'm sure they are all excellent officers so I saw no reason to meet them personally, so I bought "my little friend", an Escort 8500x and it saved me from several in-person get together s with them. The only thing I had to remember was to remove it from it's Velcro mount and stash it in my pocket when entering Va.

I bought it on fleabay a couple years back, sealed it for outside use and it has been flawless. Anything that emits a signal is exposed a long way off, even around some corners and hills!


jeff
You have touched on a future subject for me. I'm getting ready to begin the process of installing a PC-8 and an Adv. Tech auxiliary shelf for the purpose of powering a couple of useful eletronics. I was going to ask the about what detector to look at buying. If that is a good one then I may go ahead and get it ordered.
Any other suggestions or advice from the forum is welcome.
 

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Just don't let it lull you into a false sense of security. Most officers who are experienced at traffic enforcement don't just let the radar run constantly; in fact, a lot of them can judge speed pretty accurately without the radar, which means they only turn it on when they see someone they think is actually speeding. If that someone is you, passing all the traffic, and he hits you with the beam from behind as you pass him, the detector is going to go off at the moment that he is already seeing your speed on the radar's display. There are a lot of factors that can affect a detector's sensitivity, such as terrain and angle of the radar beam emitter. They also don't give much warning time with photo radar, since the photo radar uses a narrow focus beam at very low power.

Radar detectors are a good idea. There's no sense becoming an unwilling contributor to a state's budget (and in most places, speeding fines are absolutely absurd); just be aware that they do have some limitations. If you just switch it on and figure it's foolproof, you'll probably end up as one of those guys saying "I can't believe I got a ticket after paying 300 bucks for a radar detector!"
 

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Just don't let it lull you into a false sense of security. Most officers who are experienced at traffic enforcement don't just let the radar run constantly; in fact, a lot of them can judge speed pretty accurately without the radar, which means they only turn it on when they see someone they think is actually speeding. If that someone is you, passing all the traffic, and he hits you with the beam from behind as you pass him, the detector is going to go off at the moment that he is already seeing your speed on the radar's display. There are a lot of factors that can affect a detector's sensitivity, such as terrain and angle of the radar beam emitter. They also don't give much warning time with photo radar, since the photo radar uses a narrow focus beam at very low power.

Radar detectors are a good idea. There's no sense becoming an unwilling contributor to a state's budget (and in most places, speeding fines are absolutely absurd); just be aware that they do have some limitations. If you just switch it on and figure it's foolproof, you'll probably end up as one of those guys saying "I can't believe I got a ticket after paying 300 bucks for a radar detector!"
I understand what you are saying. It will not be used as an end-all device. However, like I said, i'm adding a shelf and thought I would add a detector and GPS.
 

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I have a buddy who is a Sheriff and he has his set for 15 over so it won't even alert him unless you are at least 15 over. He told me that is what most of the guys here do as it isn't worth their time otherwise.

Too bad they aren't all like that.
 

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Where I find a detector helpful is on curvy mountain roads. It will often (but not always) let you know what you might find around that next corner that you are taking a little hot. The other type of riding I do in NM is long, flat, straight roads. Sure I turn it up a bit on those, but you can see someone coming for 5 miles.
 
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