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This thread has some common sense approaches that most of you already know, but could be useful for others. No matter what part of the country, you can follow some basic guidelines that will allow you to avoid falling into the trap.
Don't rely on your detector alone, they can come in handy for radar, but more and more law enforcement agencies are using laser and by the time your detector will find a laser hit, it's often too late.
Guideline #1----The Highway Overpass
The most common place where you will find an officer running laser is under a highway overpass, the reason is the urban landscape provides shade and a vehicle parked behind a concrete support beam is often harder to see. In some states, an officer will stand on the actual highway above to point their laser. Reduce you speed when approaching a highway overpass.
Guideline #2----The Moving Pack
Don't think you are safe because everyone else around you is speeding, you can easily be singled out and there is nothing you can do about it. Often times you will see other vehicles ahead breaking at the same time, this is your clue of some kind of obstacle or police vehicle being spotted.
Rule--Don't----Don't get into habit of blasting past a vehicle just because they have let off their gas. The car in front of you may have spotted something you didn't see and is reducing their speed in preparation. Because you've exceeded the speed limit to pass, you can and will be cited.
Instead---Use the moving pack to your advantage by keeping a distance from a crowd of speeders and tailgaters. Keep an eye when they brake hard, that's your clue for something being on the road ahead.
Guideline #3-----The Decoy
This next one is tricky and illegal, it's also next to impossible to prove, but it's been done and I've known officers that use the lowdown decoy trick.
How it works----A plain civilian car stays in contact with his officer buddy via cell phone and simply sharks the highway. This person will speed and isn't caught because his friend is the only one setup on patrol. They will egg you on to speed, match your speed in attempt to move you just a little bit faster. When you're too busy looking at the jerk egging you on, you are already tagged by the officer on patrol.
How To Avoid The Decoy----Keep an eye out for vehicles cruising at speed limit, but suddenly come up to your side or bumper. They will gas a little faster and let off their gas all in an attempt to test you. If you notice the person in your rear view mirror has suddenly speed up to get behind you, be cautious, especially if they are on their cell phone or click to talk.
Guideline #4----The Lonely Traveler
You were riding with the traffic and suddenly you are all alone cruising all by your lonesome. Since you have the road to yourself, this is the perfect time to go faster right? Wrong. Often times being the sole car on the road leaves you to be the only target on the road and since often drivers are so wrapped up in their favorite song or conversation, they are not paying attention to speed. If you find yourself alone use your cruise control. Cruise control is perfect for making sure your speed does not fluctuate and it saves you gas by using only fuel when needed. Use it.
Guideline #5----Know Your Area
If you don't know the area, it's often difficult to know where an officer has their favorite spots. In either situation, make use of all the guidelines listed above.
The Best Guideline----DON'T SPEED!!
That's a given right? You'll always find yourself in a situation saying, "whoa, I didn't see that cop right there, good thing I wasn't speeding!" We don't always pay attention and this is what causes us to be caught.
If you know of a speed trap in your area, you can use this thread:
Speed Trap Thread
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