Rt 2 in CT: laser vs radar?

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  1. Smeeb

    Smeeb Learning to Drive General User

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    New to the RD world and discovered that RDs aren't helpful against laser. I travel Rt 2 from Norwich to Hartford for work as the main bulk of my driving.

    I have an R3 and I am happy with it but do CT cops use more laser than radar along this route?
     
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    While I can't say specifically for rt 2 as I didn't drive it often enough, I lived in CT for 30 years and there was a mix of radar and laser for sure. I got a laser ticket, and a few laser hits while not speeding or thanks to Waze/good situational awareness. And yes RD's are not a good solution to laser, it's rare for them to alert before you are the target, especially if traffic is light. Waze helps some during daylight hours if there are enough users ahead of you, to pin them. Really to deal with laser you need something like ALP or the soon to be released TMG.
     
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    As with any location, it may also heavily depend on time of travel. I have heard of extensive laser use in certain areas, only to have repeatedly clear roads when I travel through.
     
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    The only solution against laser is active countermeasures. You can't reliably avoid it with passive countermeasures. If we could we would. Even motorcycles can't hid from it.
     
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    Being a state highway, you will see mostly (if not all) Laser. Towns use mostly all radar but on the State Highways be prepared for Lidar and a lot of it. All LTI units so at a minimum get a dual ALP which depending on your vehicle, should serve you just fine.
    LTI Truspeed, Truspeed Lr's and TSS's. You will rarely see radar on CT state highways anymore mainly because they are big promoters for officer safety, as they can be more "off the road" using Lidar.

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    And saying that the R3 is one of , if not THE best radar detector on the market so great choice there. Just dont rely on it to protect you from Laser thats all.
     
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    Smeeb Learning to Drive General User

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    I see, thanks for the information. This place is an amazing resource.

    Is there some crowd-sourced centralized database (even a google sheet) that the community keeps updated based on location and what kinds of radar/laser you are seeing?

    Really liking the R3 so far. Saved me from 2-3 tickets alone this past weekend on my trip to and from upstate NY. I am new to the RD world, but it seems like NY state troopers love Ka 34.7!

    Edit: I am driving a 2018 audi rs3 and one of my major objections to ALP (and anti-laser in general) is that i've read you need to cut the grill to install the sensors :-\
     
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    There is, but is getting updated which will still take some time to complete.

    Yea NYSP is generally fairly easy. They generally run C/O Radar 34.7 as they can pick off 10mph+ speeders one after another.
    But they also have an LTI contract (mostly Ultralyte and Truspeed Lidars) so you need to watch out still.
    So looking at your grill you should be able to fit your sensors in your stock grill without cutting. If you want ultimate protection go with 2 Rx sensors and 1 Tx placed round about here. Measure your cut outs, but i bet you would be good to go without cutting. The Rx sensor dimensions are (1.18 x 0.55 x 2.24 in).

    * Edit you want about 25 inches from inside edge of one Rx to the other with the Tx in the middle.
     

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    Thanks i'll give it a hard look!
     
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    Can i ask a basic question?

    It seems laser is much more expensive and difficult to combat than radar. Why don’t all cops just use laser for speed limit enforcement? Are radar guns cheaper? Easier to use?
     
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    My experience so far after driving in my new area for 2 weeks.

    Rt 2 seems to be all laser. My R3 does not make a peep on my 35 min commute to work along route 2. But i constantly see cops on Waze and people getting pulled over. It must be laser.

    Off the main roads, where i live, cops run C/O Ka. So much so that my R3 has become a sort of 'cop detector' when i'm not on the highway out here. The range on the R3 is so impressive that i get a 'cop alert' on my R3 well before i even see them on these side roads.

    But yeah. The state police in CT aren't messing around :)
     
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