Radar Detectors Sedona AZ
Munds Park, AZ
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Although you wouldn’t know it just by looking at the number of motorists stopped due to speeding, millions and millions are actually being spent on speeding offenses. These millions of dollars are such a waste. After all, these are dollars that are spent on paying fines—fines that you wouldn’t even have to pay if you weren’t caught speeding. Several years ago, getting out of a speeding offense would have been easy. However, today, it’s not as easy as it could have been—thanks to Doppler radars. These radars, in a nutshell, can detect whether you are breaking the speed limit or not. If you wondered who law enforcement agents can determine your speed, these radars are the answer.
Unfortunately, there’s no way out of these Doppler radars. Once it detects you breaking the limit, you’re bound to get speeding tickets. And speeding tickets can cost you not only fine money, but also charges related to your insurance (insurance companies can consider your traffic record to see whether you are a risk or not; of course, speeding tickets are among the things they consider). Unfortunately, speeding is almost practically a way of life. This isn’t to say speeding is safe and getting speeding tickets is acceptable. However, can you imagine a moment wherein you had to break the speed limit in order to arrive to work on time? Do you remember an instance wherein you deliberately broke the limit due to an emergency? No matter how reasonable your excuse is, the police would simply think otherwise.
Is there no way out of the speeding tickets, the law enforcement officers, and these radars they use?
Enter radar detectors
This is where radar detectors can come in. Pretty much what the term implies, radar detectors can determine whether are Doppler radars in the area or not. It cannot, at least directly, prevent you from getting speeding tickets. What it can do, however, is tell you if there is an active radar nearby. Therefore, when you know there’s an active radar ready to pounce on you, you can lower your speeding limit, hence preventing speeding tickets and saving you money.
How do radar detectors work, exactly? Their efficacy is simple: these radars use superheterodyne receivers which, in turn, can detect the emissions coming from the radar guns used by law enforcement officers and the police. Radar detectors can detect radar guns of any form. Mounted, hand-help, fixed to the traffic signals—all of these can be identified by radar detectors. Many of these radar detectors are actually quite advanced. Some can even store data on sites with false alarms or on sites with active alarms. Some can even download the coordinates of the speed monitoring done by law enforcement officers.
But are radar detectors perfect? Is it a perfect technology? Obviously, as with most things, it isn’t. As just radar detectors can detect law enforcement tools, the law enforcement agencies also work on blocking these radar detectors.
For instance, radars lower their frequency or reduce their signal emissions. By doing so, the radars can reduce the chance of detection. It has something to do with how radars work. In layman’s terms, the radar emits signals. The moving vehicles will receive these signals and reflect them back to the radar, so to speak. Now, the radar cannot really detect the speed instantly. What it does is measure the time from when it transmitted the signal and how fast the cars “throw” them back. The frequency is measured and the speed of the car is determined through this process called the Doppler effect. Radar detectors do not exactly detect the radar per se. What they detect are the signals emitted by the radar. By lowering their frequency, radar detectors have fewer chances of detecting them.
There are actually radar detector detectors as well. However, the later versions of the radar detectors use the same technology the radar detector detectors use to make itself “invisible.” These back and forth of technology use is actually considered by many as an “electronic” warfare, with the radar detector manufacturers the winners in the end. And why? Simple: as long as law enforcement agencies find ways to counter the radar detectors, the manufacturers will only find ways to counter the counters.
For instance, police uses Spectre, a radar detector detection tool that can identify motorists who use the detectors. This can be a problem, since the use of radar detectors is illegal in some states. However, new radar detectors are protected against the Spectre technology. So while Spectre can detect older models easily, it wouldn’t be so easy to detect newer radar detector models.
What about radar scramblers? Many companies have advertised that their driver tools can “scramble” the signals emitted by the radars. However, so far, none have actually really worked on traffic radars. This is why radar detectors remain to be the most valuable among the driver tools.
When choosing radar detectors, you need to consider the selectivity and the sensitivity of the radar. Sensitivity pertains to how well it can detect radar signals. Selectivity, on the other hand, pertains to how well it can ignore other devices that emit similar signals as radars. Sensitivity will dictate how far it can detect the radar (hence enabling you to prepare). Its range can be a mile, at most, to one-fifth of a mile, at least. Selectivity will dictate whether you will dictate false alarms and signals or not.
Having a detector will good selectivity and sensitivity will obviously increase the usefulness of your radar detector. There’s no question that the detector can detect radar signals. The question now is how well it can detect the signals. Cordless radar detectors are not necessarily better than those that aren’t cordless (if the model is the same, of course). However, the cordless detectors are obviously effective since it allows for convenient use, leaving your car socket free.
In any case, radar detectors are obviously very useful, especially if you’re prone to getting speeding tickets. Just make sure you get the newest model to ensure optimum use.