Rear view mirror save

Discussion in 'Stories from the Front Lines' started by DAVID H REESE, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. DAVID H REESE

    DAVID H REESE Learning to Drive General User

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    Was doing 87 in a 70 down interstate on my way home this afternoon. Noticed a black vehicle closing in rear view......from a long ways off. Slowed down to 70. Once they got about a quarter mile from me my R3 sung out a k band IO shot. I just sat back and relaxed. They closed in and paced me from about 50 yards out. Got off hwy and they followed me a ways.....on my bumper......then did a u-turn at a green light and headed back the way they came. I learned to watch out for this from the information in this forum........the rearview is mentioned throughout as key.........thanks. I had 2 rabbits out front too about 1000ft out. Now......Im worried that cop has a hard on for me......he saw my RD when he was on my bumper at the redlight.....and my car stands out bigtime. This was close to home so.......gotta lay low in Haughton I guess. My gut tells me that cop will remember my car. Lesson for newbies, Im a newbie, watch rearview. Bears love to pace with radar off
     
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    OBeerWANKenobi This is not the car you're looking for..... Intermediate User

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    I only started avidly running a radar detector last year. Before that it's always been situational awareness that's saved my ass. Not only is it good to see cops, it's also good to avoid accidents. If you know where everybody is around you, it's possible to safely make quick changes to avoid things.

    The detector is just another tool in the shed as they say and situational awareness has saved me even with my detector as well. I had a very similar situation to yours just a few months ago.

    Ears back and eyes peeled!
     
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    Hillbilly Medic Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    I was pulled over after one of our county deputies paced me. I happened to be following another deputy who was out of his jurisdiction. The deputy told me the out of county deputy was speeding but couldn't do anything about it because he didn't know who it was. He decided to give me a verbal warning when I rtold him I could get the out of county deputy's plate number from my dash cam.
     
  4. DAVID H REESE

    DAVID H REESE Learning to Drive General User

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    I really need to get a dashcam. Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. Choose Life

    Choose Life 35.5 hater R3 Day One User Advanced User Premium Member

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    No pacing for me
    I drive faster than their pace working their way up in traffic unless you arent paying attention and pass a pack with an unmarked or joined from an on ramp
    Alas
    Moving faster than they do through traffic has presented its own set of problems
     
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    If I suspect I have a cop coming up from behind I will put my detector on the seat before he gets close enough to see it. Even in town where I am not speeding I put it down where it can't be seen if a cop gets close. You are right they may remember you and many don't like radar detector users.
     
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    Got Jeep Be Prepared Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Good SA save. Personally I wouldn't bother pulling the RD down as some do, but would consider turning it off or putting it into dark mode.
     
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    Excellent situational awareness that saved you some grief. Eyes have gotten me outa a whole lotta trouble on the roads. No.1 countermeasure!

    Those A119 dashcams are my favorite. I've got three of them and all working great. Two of them in my main ride have been running 24/7 for months without a hitch. The other one in my son's car comes on when he starts the car and has been great. Wife's ride has an old G1W that's hard to beat for value too.
     
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  9. DAVID H REESE

    DAVID H REESE Learning to Drive General User

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    Both of these are sound advice. I actually read to do this on the forum......but in the moment forgot. Turning the display off would be fast and convienent.......especially if you disnt have time to take it down in traffic or something. I run mine in dimmer on red color.....probably hardest to see in that configuration with the screen always on.