Pulled over 2nd time with Uniden R1..

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  1. swangin

    swangin Learning to Drive General User

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    Radar detector did not chirp at all even when the officer was right behind me. He said I was doing 13 mph over the limit. I do not trust my radar detector anymore, it has saved me plenty of times so money well spent but I just can't trust it like I used to anymore, unless these officers are lying or I don't know what's going on. It did save me a week ago but this time it still didn't go off. Officer let me go, I had to rip the detector out or it would've been over for me. It was a great run! Not sure what I should do or if I should try sending it to Uniden to check it out? I am scared to send it back and have someone opening it up.

    I would like to thank Vortex Radar from YouTube for getting me into this niche! and the TX testers who always make great videos, will stay in touch with the radar community but for now I'll be taking a break!
     
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    yandreev3 Has a subscription with CHP Intermediate User Premium Member

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    I'm going to assume you have set the detector up correctly.
    If he was right behind you, maybe he was pacing you?
    Radar and Laser are NOT the only ways for LEOs to get someone's speed. Pacing, VASCAR, and visual estimation exist.

    I'm glad to hear you will stay in touch with the community. Keep learning so you'll be better informed before your next RD purchase
     
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    fitz4321 Running With Scissors Advanced User Premium Member

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    It sounds like you were likely paced. A RD does nothing for that. It’s all about layers. A RD is just one tool in the tool box. RD, Waze, situational awareness, ....

    Situational awareness is the only tool to beat pacing.

    Some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the hydrant.
     
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  4. swangin

    swangin Learning to Drive General User

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    I was the dog since the day the R1 came out, I turned into a hydrant a week ago.
     
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    If there's a cop following you and on your ass, he can see that his speed matches your speed when the distance between you two does not change. This is pacing. He Paces you with his car and a know speed (from his car). If he is doing the speed limit + 13mph and staying the same distance from you, that means you too are doing speed limit + 13. This is why sometimes you will see a speeding ticket with the writing: "Speed Limit: 65 Speed Actual: 80+" That means the cop was doing 80 behind you and you were pulling away from him, ergo going faster.

    Police radar, handheld or mounted, is not something that is always on. It does not sit constantly transmitting like a beacon. Your detector (any detector) can only see that radar signal when the radar unit is transmitting actively. Police can leave it on when parked on the side of the highway or while driving, but they can also turn it on in small bursts (I/O) to check someone's speed and then leave it off for the rest of the time so RD users do not get notified.
     
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    swangin Learning to Drive General User

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    Don't know what it is, I didn't even want to ask if he was using radar, the first time I did ask and he did say it was caught on radar and at that time, the radar detector didn't make a sound. 2nd time happens again? This has never happened to me, I still am able to pick up cops but idk, I feel like in this town it's just an excessive amount of police officers roaming so I just need to start being more aware of how I drive, I will still run the detector although I am just not going to be way more cautious.
     
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    That's always best! Caution is your best countermeasure! Especially against other drivers, not only LEOs :)

    That being said, find a person near you or a somewhat reliable speed sign and make sure your detector is in fact working properly
     
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    NBTBRV8 Premium Member Beginner User Premium Member

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    Do you still get falses on it?
     
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    Fermy Gotta get there Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Sounds like pacing.. Always watch your tail! Hell some of the passangers in my vehicle talk **** about how I'm keeping my eyes in the mirrors. I also would not trust a Leo.. Especially if he already saw your detector, I feel he/she would say radar just to throw you a curve ball and say it was radar. At least it was a warning. Have you had any saves with your unit?
     
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    Deadhead1971 “Big Bug Bite” Advanced User

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    There’s no need to even use radar if he’s right behind you.
     
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    Brainstorm69 TXCTG 2016 MOTY Advanced User Premium Member

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    Especially if he can see that you have a radar detector.
     
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    Your R1 is a radar detector, not a LEO detector.

    The only thing to save you from getting paced is by adjusting the nut behind the steering wheel and using what’s between your ears..
     
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    A radar detector is not 100% ticket free.
    If your blaming your radar detector, just remembered the person behind the wheel is in full control of the vehicle including watching your speed.
     
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    Be more aware of your surroundings. Speed wisely. Do not speed if you can see a LEO or potential LEO threats. Do not solely rely on radar detectors and LJs. That's how people get lazy.
     
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    Send it in to Uniden to get it checked out! that way you will know its OK---Ask for a report on what they found wrong, if anything with it!
     
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    I get this all the time and people assume a radar detector is a license to speed. A radar detector is just a helpful tool to help you along with other tools such as your eyes and using rabbits, etc. I am always looking in my rear view mirror because there are many other ways to get someones speed without using radar. I agree if he was behind you then he paced you which is very simple.. If he is doing xx speed then so are you.
     
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    I'm always worried about getting paced, but it was kind of funny the last time I saw a cop coming up behind me and nothing from my R3 I slowed down and moved over to the slow lane. The highway patrol car eventually caught up to me and then proceeded to do at least 10 mph over the speed limit down the highway. No lights flashing. I'm pretty sure they've set their own limits as to where they start thinking about pulling someone over and/or giving a ticket at 11 mph over. Sometimes more on the highway - the speed limit on our local interstate is still a mere 65 mph and 55 mph in some areas (speed trap!!) - but the average speed of a driver who receives a ticket is 91 mph according to data available from the police. Does anyone know if the K-band detection delay has been resolved in update 1.46 or not? I'm still running 1.37 because I can't afford a few seconds delay on K-band since police run both K and Ka-band about equally around here.
     
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    Why? If the LEO wasn't using radar, the detector wouldn't alert. Seems like it's doing its job.
     
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    What about those handful of cases where a Uniden has stopped alerting. At this point, we don't have enough info to rule that out.
     
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    swangin Learning to Drive General User

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    First off, I've had the Uniden R1 a month after it's release and before had the 9500ix, I have never used these tools as a 'license' to speed. When I got pulled over, I was driving for 1-1.5 miles and there was no one behind me, not until I turned into my apartment complex then I saw 2 headlights zooming up to me. It was 12AM at night, I was looking around and saw no officers, I honestly have no idea where he pulled out from but I know he was stationary because he told me he was at a high school posted up. I haven't ever had these type of issues until recently. I don't appreciate your sarcastic remark as others are also posting. I always watch Vortex Radar's videos on YouTube, I know that radars aren't the only thing LEO's use to get speeders. I haven't received any type of tickets for over 3-4 years and I started using the 9500 ix around 2 years ago and transitioned to the Uniden 6 months after using the 9500ix. I know that my next radar detector will not be purchased from your store, thank you.
     

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