Trip from SC to OH with R3

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I made the almost 600 mile trip from Charlotte to NE Ohio this weekend. Traveled up 77 through NC and VA then took Rt 19 in WV to 79 through Pittsburgh and then into OH.

Leaving early Saturday morning meant that NC was quiet which left me disappointed as I was fully expecting some action through Statesville NC.

Heading into VA my wife insisted I remove the detector so all I had was Waze. Then the rain started and everyone was crawling and I think the LEOs were probably busy with accidents as I made it through VA without even seeing a speed trap.

WV was more eventful as usual. The rain stopped and I saw two troopers moving on bikes but they weren’t working speed enforcement. My R3 on fw1.50 was 2 for 2 beating Waze through Summersville WV. Traps were very well hidden but I got the 34.7 and 33.8 alerts well in advance. I have enough experience driving through there to know to stay near PSL but the detections were great. Once I hit I-79 I saw one trooper moving C/O 35.5 which I’d consider a save since Waze was silent. Last encounter in WV was a K band Trooper rolling C/O but the lanes were so far apart I wouldn’t consider it a save. It was a great off axis detection though with plenty of range.

PA was a disappointment with two LEOs spotted rolling without radar. The roadwork was terrible which meant the speed was 50-55 and traffic kept me near PSL with no workers in sight. There were probably 3 dozen “your speed is” signs transmitting but turned sideways with the screens off. The signs meant I did get to see some good range detections but after a certain point they became pretty annoying.

I turned on X band when I entered OH but kept TSF off. I wasn’t sure if the road used traffic sensors or not since we normally make the trip on 77 through Akron where they use them. The R3 was silent and I didn’t see any LEOs the last few miles.

Overall I was hoping for more encounters since I want to test the new firmware but I’ll have another chance on my trip home later this week. I did make good time with the quiet drive though.
 

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Glad you had a safe trip @oversteer325. I had an almost identical encounter of no encounters traveling to WV two weeks ago. I-74 in NC not a sign of a LEO. I-77 through VA...only seen two Sheriff patrol cars sitting in a median near I-81/I-77 interchange but not running radar when I passed by them. Route 19 and I -79 were like ghost towns. Pretty disappointed also. But most important. I had safe trip also.
 

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I’ve been in OH for the last few days and it is insane how much speed enforcement they run compared to SC. I’ve had FIVE confirmed LEOs at 33.8 one monster 1.5 mile K band detection (At 50%!) and my first ever confirmed X band detection.

This is almost as much, in three days, as I’ve seen in three months in SC!
 

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Come visit Horry County, SC. You'll get all the
33.8 35.5 34.7 24.15 your RD can handle. Every single day. Must be a competition between the state, county and city agencies. Lol
 

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Trip home today was slow going with all the holiday traffic. Ohio had two 33.8 and 34.7 hits but both were marked on Waze. PA was quiet since I took a back road to avoid the construction I did see VASCAR lines on the roads but no LEOs observing drivers. WV was relatively quiet. One 33.8 hit in beckley and a few troopers parked but not transmitting.

Virginia was a hornets nest! Kept it +5 because of traffic my wife didn’t want the detector on in VA. There were at least a dozen and a half verified LEOs. 90% were marked on Waze but they were moving after each customer so a few were not marked. Watching tail lights ahead was the best defense.

NC was fairly quiet and no traps were setup. Just mobile LEOs pacing traffic watching for speeders.

Overall the R3 did great and was really impressive beating Waze a number of times. I’m not even sure how some of the sniffs were possible given the terrain but a few seconds later they’d start ramping up.
 

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