Do you guys use a kill switch for your RD?

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  1. cupofjoseph

    cupofjoseph Learning to Drive General User

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    Would having one help when getting pulled over or not? I would guess that if a LEO wouldn't be too happy with your RD.
     
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    CPB Left Lane for Passing Only Intermediate User

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    Unplug, put under seat. Powering off isn't enough. It should be out of sight.
     
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    Kill switch within easy reach of driver without appearance of reaching for something if viewed from outside. Benefits of RD tucked up high by passenger visor is keeping it hidden in plain sight.
    Kill switch also useful if pulling up to a checkpoint, etc.
     
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    For those of us with higher SUV's even up high it is right on the borderline of being visible. I have two units wired/mounted - I would go for the blendmount R3 1st as that is most visible, but still need 2 hands to get that down with the clip, and that means I would have to be at a stop - which would then be obvious to the LEO and potentially dangerous for me!
     
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    Having a radar detector wouldn't matter at that point.....you're already being pulled over. To answer the question...No, I personally don't have a killswitch wired up. But the power source is the switched 12 volts from my mirror with the mute button routed to my center console / armrest button for easy access. Lift lever to mute, dim, lockout.

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    My truck hardwire is set to one of the upfitter switches but mostly that’s because it was the easiest way. I can kill it if I need to for some reason, but it turns off with the key anyway.
     
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    Actually, it can be the difference between a ticket and a warning... some leo's take RD users as personal enemies. If you get pulled over with an RD, he automatically assumes you always speed, and he just caught the big fish.
     
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    And if you legally carry a gun you must shoot people... I agree with their assumption but its bs and wouldn't hold up in court no!?
     
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    Well....if you were doing 7-10 over and you did not have a RD visible you might get a warning.....if one is visible you are at a higher risk/chance of getting a ticket....for speeding. He has you speeding, that is not an argument, there is no reason it will not hold up in court (shy of a technicality on the ticket). The RD has nothing to do with how it will hold up in court, he has you speeding. If you go into the court and tell the judge he gave you a ticket instead of a warning for 7-10 over because he saw your RD he will laugh you out of the room.
     
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    Well, there's a way better solution. Custom installed RD. Control panel mounted where the LEO can't see it, where it would be blocked by objects like the steering wheel or the dash no matter which window he comes up to . And display on the dash or instrument panel that looks like...well, something other than a RD. www.rdforum.org: ALP Quint/Escort Max Ci 360 Platform on 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Back In Business with CMs!

    Pulled over? Just turn the darn thing off so it's not alerting. LEO won't notice it, and even if he sees the display, he won't know what it is.
     
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    /Nys : cop shot me at night , i braked immediately , 85/65 , the first question was : how come you braked so fast ...the Redline was out of sight ,
    replied pointing to my Garmin ... what a face he did :confused:
    A kill switch is a must in banarea.


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    So I got pulled over by an Indiana trooper about 8 years ago. Had a V1 on the windshield and a concealed pistol, guess which one he cared about? The radar detector, he even had to make this grand statement that I ticket everybody I pull over with one of those, no warnings.
     
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    Probably never had a late delivery yet, ha ha
     
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    They are nice, but if the cost/benefit is based on me taking down my RD if I get pulled over, then that's a hard sell. Window unit is much easier upgrade path too.

    Now if a custom unit offers other benefits to being hidden from LEO view (and I know they do), then they definitely have merits.
     
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    My hardwire passes through this toggle switch.
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    Here is mine, very small and not in the line of sight from drivers door.

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    I agree about the upgrade path being easier, but I don't think you can take down the RD without the LEO seeing. LEOs seem to have eyes on the back of their head for what drivers are doing with their hands after they pull someone over. I would too if I were a LEO, because you never know when a routine stop might turn into a situation where you have a gun pulled on you.
     
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    This is VERY VERY VERY TRUE !!
    Reaching for anything is a bad thing to do during the roadside disco !!!

    Cost me a DUI many many moons ago.
    Was reaching to put my seat belt on Leo saw it demanded i get out of the car and scanned the car w his flashlight. He sd he was looking for a Gun.
    Ouch. Once outside the vehicle ... its usually game over as they are now pumped up and searching for anything. ... sigh $15.000 5 days in Real Lockup. And lesson learned.

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