DFR7 Issue with MD State Troopers

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MSP uses a lot of laser and Ka. Some of the smaller local jurisdictions tend to still use quite a bit of K such as Carroll County. Some of the larger counties like Montgomery utilize a lot of laser as well. Driving I-70 in MD my shifters normally warn me of laser first (they can better pick up some scatter) whereas my RD will remain quiet unless I am the direct target, in which case the RD alone would have been useless. If you have laser present, you absolutely need shifters.

I'd rather encounter laser with my shifters than I/O radar with my RD. I've seen them practicing shooting laser from inside a parked cruiser with window up utilizing their driver's side mirror to target vehicles approaching from their rear. They set up just around a curve where you cannot see them until you've rounded the curve at which time it's too late but for your shifters firing back as soon as they break the beam. An RD would be totally useless in that situation with absolutely no scatter possible around the curve. I have yet to see laser used to target the rear of cars in the areas of MD in which I drive, thus front shifters have been sufficient so far. But while in NJ I did run across a rear targeted laser on I-195 where they were hiding behind a bridge abutment and hit your rear after you past them. Fortunately for me they had just nailed someone else.
 
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But doesn't ALP need to be installed in the car? I have one sports car and one family car, both like 15 years old. Was hoping to eventually get a new sports car and install the ALP.
LEO's run way more radar than Laser. Sometimes I go months without even seeing a LEO with laser. In the last 2 months, I've been hit 3 times with laser, seen them running laser 2 additional times. There may have been others that I'm not aware of.

With Radar.. I see it everyday I'm on the road.. multiple times is not unusual. Cops love driving around with their radar on...

So while a Radar detector detecting LIDAR might be a ticket notifier, because Radar is so much more prevalent, you're better off with a solid radar detector.
 

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LEO's run way more radar than Laser. Sometimes I go months without even seeing a LEO with laser. In the last 2 months, I've been hit 3 times with laser, seen them running laser 2 additional times. There may have been others that I'm not aware of.

With Radar.. I see it everyday I'm on the road.. multiple times is not unusual. Cops love driving around with their radar on...

So while a Radar detector detecting LIDAR might be a ticket notifier, because Radar is so much more prevalent, you're better off with a solid radar detector.
Thank you! Solid advice!
 

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LEO's run way more radar than Laser. Sometimes I go months without even seeing a LEO with laser. In the last 2 months, I've been hit 3 times with laser, seen them running laser 2 additional times. There may have been others that I'm not aware of.

With Radar.. I see it everyday I'm on the road.. multiple times is not unusual. Cops love driving around with their radar on...

So while a Radar detector detecting LIDAR might be a ticket notifier, because Radar is so much more prevalent, you're better off with a solid radar detector.
Better off with a solid RD as opposed to?
 

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Let's see.. Cobras, the Bat detector, and a bunch of older detectors.
The OP is currently running a DFR7. It's proven to be a very solid detector.
 

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The only detectors I would consider decent enough to give you warning are the Original Redline (discontinued) and the V1. I've also heard Whistlers are pretty good. But even these usually are nothing that I'd rely on.
 

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The only detectors I would consider decent enough to give you warning are the Original Redline (discontinued) and the V1. I've also heard Whistlers are pretty good. But even these usually are nothing that I'd rely on.
So you're saying the R series isnt considered a decent radar detector in your book?
 

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So you're saying the R series isnt considered decent in your book?
In regards to laser, no. Detecting radar, they are excellent.
 

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In regards to laser, no. Detecting radar, they are excellent.
I totally agree but we were on the topic of radar. @crabu2 appeared to be steering the OP away from Laser protection and referencing having a good RD for detecting radar because it's more prevelant. That's why I said the DFR7 is a solid performer.
 

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I totally agree but we were on the topic of radar. @crabu2 was steering the OP away from Laser protection and referencing having a good RD for detecting radar. That's why I said the DFR7 is a solid performer.
I understand that I wasn't clear in my answer and should have been more specific.
 

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I have also been hit with laser in MD and VA and not got a peep out of my R3 - pretty obvious when the LEO is standing on the side of the road with a box with 2 lenses (dragoneye) to his head.
On one occasion I was alerted via waze and when i saw him in the median, I jumped into the left lane to try to get a verified laser hit -nothing... kinda frustrating coming from a V1 which would alert from a laser hit always (im assuming).
 

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I have also been hit with laser in MD and VA and not got a peep out of my R3 - pretty obvious when the LEO is standing on the side of the road with a box with 2 lenses (dragoneye) to his head.
On one occasion I was alerted via waze and when i saw him in the median, I jumped into the left lane to try to get a verified laser hit -nothing... kinda frustrating coming from a V1 which would alert from a laser hit always (im assuming).
Here's one of my leser hits on the R3.. at the 18 sec mark is where you see MSP in the median. It had to be scatter... It was too far out and a slight bend in the road.

 

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Nice! Definitly was not a direct hit. Im thinking the low on the windshield mounting helps a bit.
Mine is up high and the laser alert has NEVER gone off.
 

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