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Beating Photo Radars

Posted on 02 December 2008 by admin

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Nahshon Roberts asked:

A photo radar is designed to photograph drivers who travel five to ten miles per hour over the speed limit. These photographs, along with particulars such as date, time, location, and vehicle speed, are then mailed to offenders.

Anatomy of Photo Radars

How does photo radar work? Photo radar is made up of the following:

● a high speed traffic camera and flash unit

● a narrow beam, low-powered Doppler radar antenna aimed across the road

● a computer that records information, such as date, time, speed, and location of the violation

Photo radar works this way. First, the system is hoisted onto a police vehicle that typically patrols areas where overspeeding is a problem. Then, it catches speed demons and those who run against red lights. Drivers can see their vehicles’ speed from a reader board found in the back window of the police unit display.

Beating Photo Radars

Many disgruntled drivers have successfully parlayed their dislike for photo radars into a lucrative business. They produce products that supposedly protect drivers from being photographed by photo radars. Below are some of the products and a brief description of how they are used.

● Radar Detectors

A radar detector detects the presence of photo enforcement devices. Accordingly, it assists drivers in beating photo radars by warning them of photo radar presence. This gives drivers time to slow down. Many claim radar detectors are effective. One problem with radar detectors, however, is that these do not work with red light cameras that measure speed using sensors embedded in roadways.

● Flash-back device

What senses the flash of a photo enforcement camera and immediately flashes its own strobe light onto the license plate to make license numbers invisible to cameras? Why, a flash-back device, of course! Flash-back devices are highly popular, especially because they’re cheap. A study, shows however, that flash-back devices are ineffective in beating photo radars when Redflex sensor-based photo enforcement cameras are used.

● GPS-based warning systems

Radar detectors are illegal, and in some states, use of flash-back devices are implicitly prohibited. What do drivers interested in beating photo radars without breaking the law do? They buy GPS-based warning systems. These devices, which are very popular in European markets, has just recently become available in the United States.

This is how a GPS-based warning system works: you download the location of speed enforcement cameras into a GPS system. Because your system now has a map of camera locations, it warns you to slow down every time you are close to a photo radar.

While a GPS-based technology may seem infallible, it is not without its faults. To be effective, it relies on your knowledge of photo radars’ locations. This is knowledge you may not always have. All it takes for you to get a citation is one speed camera unregistered in your GPS system.

● Plate covers

Plate covers are cheaper alternatives to the three technologies I have previously discussed. These covers go over your license plate, keeping it visible to anyone who is directly behind your car. In certain angles, however, a portion of your license plate cannot be seen. Some states, particularly Washington, D.C, penalize the use of these covers by as much as $300. Other states are silent regarding their use. Should you ever decide to go for plate covers, note that they do not work with motion video cameras.

● Photo spray

This is the least effective method for beating photo radars. It is sprayed onto license plates. Its high gloss finish is said to reflect the light flashed by cameras, resulting in overexposure of photos. Experts warn that photo sprays are only 45% reliable in reflecting camera light. Furthermore, though photos are overexposed, a quick scrutiny of their negatives will yield the exact sequence of a license plate’s numbers and letters.

Beating photo radars requires cunning and the proper tools. When caught, you would be held legally accountable. You must, therefore, carefully consider what technology to use and whether you are ready for repercussions. Then, and only then, should you use any of the above-mentioned technologies.

Jane

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Cobra ESD 9110 Radar Detectors. What do the different sounds and displays mean?

Posted on 12 November 2008 by admin

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BobbyBoy asked:

For this particular radar detector, I need to know the different sound alerts and what they mean. And the different visual signals and what they mean. Thanks to anyone who can help.

Mike

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In the state of California is it legal to have a GPS device or a radar detector on your windshield?

Posted on 29 October 2008 by admin

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Dr. Ernest J Folk asked:

In the state of california is it legal to have a GPS device or a radar detector attached to your windshield with suction cups? I over heard sombody saying that you cannot have anything mounted on the inside of your windshield, is this true?

Vijay

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Is leaving a radar detector and GPS on the windshield okay?

Posted on 25 October 2008 by admin

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k asked:

I park my car on my driveway and it is sunny and sometimes gets up to 90 degrees outside. Is it okay to leave these on the windshield as far as heat and sun goes? I am not worried about anyone stealing them.

Mary

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Older escort SOLO radar detector digital key?

Posted on 11 October 2008 by admin

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Just Me asked:

Does anyone know where I can get a digital key for the solo model 85 or 89 radar detector?? I bought one off of ebay and no key came with it, you have to have the key to use the darn thing.
They don’t carry them, already called, I didn’t know if there were any after market websites out there that carry them or if anyone knows how to bypass the security? Thanks!

Mike

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Why does my radar detector go off when I get near a school bus?

Posted on 10 October 2008 by admin

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ese_wolfie asked:

If I pass a school on the road, my radar detector starts to go crazy. Do they have some sort of radar emitting device specifically designed to make those with radar detectors go for their first instinct and slow down when it chirps? Or is it some sort of GPS (or something else) that they have,and having radar detectors go off is merely an attractive coincedence?

Just wondering. Thanks.

Tony

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I bought a new Radar Detector. cobra xrs-9430 I have a few quesions on detectors?

Posted on 08 October 2008 by admin

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SACK559 asked:

I bougth the Cobra xrs-9430. The detector works great. The alarm goes off and says all these at different times; X Band. Ku Band. K Band. Ka Band — Wideband (Ka) Radar Sometimes right after i will indeed see a police officer or highway patrol. My question is what do each of those codes mean so i will have a better understanding right when an alarm sounds. Thanx a lot guys. Carson

Peejay

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Escort Solo 2 Cordless Radar Detector?

Posted on 30 September 2008 by admin

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charles j asked:

is it good radar detector to buy?

Mike

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which radar detector is the best one, Beltronics STI or Escort Passport 95i?

Posted on 20 September 2008 by admin

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dragonfly asked:

Which is sold more than the other.Please help.

Tony

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Best Radar Detectors

Posted on 20 September 2008 by admin

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Al Turnet asked:

Are you looking for a radar detector and don’t want to get ripped off? I’ve compiled a list of what I consider to be the best radar detectors for each price point.

If you’re looking to spend just a little, you should check out one of the radar detectors that are available for under $200. You can’t go wrong with the Beltronics Vector 955. It is a radar/laser detector unit with voice alerts, “POP” radar detection and VG-2 immunity. At a lower price point, you have a trifecta of units that will suit your needs: the Whistler PRO-78, Whistler PRO-520, and Whistler XTR-690. Laserveil.com reviewed the PRO-78 and XTR-690 and had this to say: “Both the Whistler Pro 78 and XTR-690 are AAA home-run hitters! … It is my opinion that these new Whistler radar detectors represent two of the greatest values in radar detector ownership, today. If it is your desire to have a full-featured radar detector which provides good protection against police radar, particularly against Ka-band, and are budget minded, you need not look further than either the Pro 78 or XTR-690.”

The next class is more than $200 but less than $300. There’s a nice selection of radar detectors available in this price range. The Beltronics Vector 965 and Beltronics Vector 995 radar detector units are both exceptional units that will serve you well. However, if you want to take the next step I recommend you purchase the Escort Passport 8500 X50 (Red) Radar Detector. It’s exactly the same as the Blue model, but is just under $300. Upon its initial release, it was “hailed as the most revolutionary radar/laser detector ever”. Escort radar detectors regularly receive very high marks amongst reviewers and they are one of the top brands available.

Finally, the over $300 class. The Passport 9500i (Red) is a top of the line detector. It won numerous awards, including “Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in new product design and innovation,” also adding “you might as well have the best.” Car and Driver said the Passport 9500i “takes the next great leap forward.” And as good as it is, Escort has just released a new radar detector: they have unveiled the Passport 9500i. In their own words, “It provides the best long-range protection against every known radar and laser gun in use in North America, but also incorporates GPS accuracy to silence each and every false alert. It is by far the most intelligent, fully automatic radar and laser detector ever designed. You drive. It learns. End of story.” The Passport 9500ix comes pre-loaded with thousands of red light and speed-based cameras in America. You can also download updates, back up your data and stay on top of new threats by visiting their website.

Now that you’ve got some information, go out there and buy one! If you need to, save or bookmark this page so you’ll know which radar detectors to look out for!

Jane

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