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Will be driving through CT, MA, and VT in a couple weeks and looking for advice on speeding, tactics, and generally what to look out for.
 

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Will be driving through CT, MA, and VT in a couple weeks and looking for advice on speeding, tactics, and generally what to look out for.
CT and MA use a bit of lidar on the highways CT is mostly LTi guns (so easy stuff), occasional KA band. Off the highway it's a mixed bag, laser, KA and occasional K in the smaller towns. VT is similar, from what I recall, a little laser, KA and some K band, been a few years since I was last in VT.... Waze should be moderately helpful in CT/MA, VT it may be a little more sparse but still worth having. I generally found that most highways moved at +10 to +15 during non rush hour. Speed limit is lower in many places either 55/65.
 

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Like @thebravo said, CT and MA are pretty big with lidar.

CT is almost all lidar on the highways. Truspeed is the most common gun, both LR and Truspeed S variants. Common tactic is to park parallel with the road on the shoulder and shoot off the side mirror back at you. Nasty tactic, especially when they are parked under an overpass and out of easy sight. They also love pacing, and their regular cars are unmarked, so they can be tough to spot. You might see some 34.7 out there on the highways, but it's rare. Cars are mostly Taurus Interceptors and Explorer Interceptors, but they use some very plain looking Chargers and Caprices sometimes too.

MA will be a good mix of radar and lidar. UltraLyte LR B's and the various Truspeeds seem to be the norm on the lidar side with state police. Some troopers also try the mirror shot tactic, but it isn't nearly as common as in CT. Radar is a mixed bag. 35.5, 33.8, and K band are your biggest threats. Yes, state police and many locals still use a lot of K band in the state. There are reports that state police have Stalker guns as well, but I've never seen it. I/O isn't very common, but it's out there. C/O is a blessing due to how dense the terrain can be. I often get no more than a quarter mile range with my R3, just due to how dense the terrain can be up here. Cars will mostly be marked or ghost Explorers, but they actually have a fair number of Vics still in service as well.

I haven't been to Vermont in a very long time, so I don't have much to add there unfortunately.
 

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VT is similar, from what I recall, a little laser, KA and some K band, been a few years since I was last in VT.... Waze should be moderately helpful in CT/MA, VT it may be a little more sparse but still worth having.
^^ This is an accurate, current assessment of VT.
 

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Like @thebravo said, CT and MA are pretty big with lidar.

CT is almost all lidar on the highways. Truspeed is the most common gun, both LR and Truspeed S variants. Common tactic is to park parallel with the road on the shoulder and shoot off the side mirror back at you. Nasty tactic, especially when they are parked under an overpass and out of easy sight. They also love pacing, and their regular cars are unmarked, so they can be tough to spot. You might see some 34.7 out there on the highways, but it's rare. Cars are mostly Taurus Interceptors and Explorer Interceptors, but they use some very plain looking Chargers and Caprices sometimes too.

MA will be a good mix of radar and lidar. UltraLyte LR B's and the various Truspeeds seem to be the norm on the lidar side with state police. Some troopers also try the mirror shot tactic, but it isn't nearly as common as in CT. Radar is a mixed bag. 35.5, 33.8, and K band are your biggest threats. Yes, state police and many locals still use a lot of K band in the state. There are reports that state police have Stalker guns as well, but I've never seen it. I/O isn't very common, but it's out there. C/O is a blessing due to how dense the terrain can be. I often get no more than a quarter mile range with my R3, just due to how dense the terrain can be up here. Cars will mostly be marked or ghost Explorers, but they actually have a fair number of Vics still in service as well.

I haven't been to Vermont in a very long time, so I don't have much to add there unfortunately.
Should I be concerned I have no rear ALP sensors?

is CT still super expensive tickets?
 

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Should I be concerned I have no rear ALP sensors?

is CT still super expensive tickets?
All shots I can recall in CT were all front... Don't recall seeing much in the way of entrance ramp or overpass shots either... it was mostly just mirror shots, or perpendicular to the roadway in the median etc... tickets were in the $250 range for a decent chunk over if i recall from the one I got in CT before my days of laser protection. I should think you will do just fine with front ALP and your RD. you may want to bump up Kband sensitivity when you are in the rural areas as the terrain is tough.
 

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CT is pretty much all laser at this point. Some towns sparsely use Ka Band, but all the staties are laser. I have been shot in the rear a while back when I had my ZR4s while on 91 North near the CT State Police Academy. They shot me from the rear off an entrance ramp. Thankfully I wasn't speeding because the rear protection in the ZR4 was crap lol. EDIT: now that I think about it I was also shot in the rear off an entrance ramp on Rt 8 North as well, by a CT statie. So they definitely shoot you in the rear as well, although it's rare occurrence.
 
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Should I be concerned I have no rear ALP sensors?

is CT still super expensive tickets?
Probably not. There are a limited amount of rear ambush shots from entrance ramps and rest area ramps, but it's pretty isolated. I personally elected to only run my TMG on the front of my car because I didn't find it to be of much concern. The few times I saw this, they were clearly marked on Waze.

And not to scare you, but I have also seen an overpass shot exactly once. I-95 North by Exit 51, and I believe it was New Haven PD, not state police. That's right where I-95 and Route 1 run parallel for a bit and have shared entrances and exits, so setting up chase cars is easy. I wouldn't stress about this or rear shots too much though.
 

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Last time I was in VT there was a lot of K band so be careful with K band alerts.
 

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VT has at least some motorcycle cops shooting laser (was in the wife's car so didn't have ALP for ID). Waze definitely helped me out a couple times.

Lots of K from town police around MA (in addition to KA and some laser).

As for speed, MA SP mostly won't care as long as you're moving with traffic, even if that traffic is going 80+. Just don't stand out. They tend to be stricter off the main interstates (look out for rt 2, heavily enforced and 55mph PSL is way low)
 

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Keep an eye out for K band, especially on smaller roads. It can easily sneak up on you.
 

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I all I'll be making a trip this weekend from R.I.,Mass.,And N.H. I heading into North Conway. Is there a lot of Laser in N.H.? What should I Be looking for? I'll be using R7 and Stri Plus. Stri Plus has 2,5,8 and I use highway. The r7 is 2,4,5,6,8 just in case there may be out tune Stalker. I will be running the Alp for laser. Is there a lot of on/off in N.H. And Mass.? Is Vascar used a lot anywhere?
 
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I all I'll be making a trip this weekend from R.I.,Mass.,And N.H. I heading into North Conway. Is there a lot of Laser in N.H.? What should I Be looking for? I'll be using R7 and Stri Plus. Stri Plus has 2,5,8 and I use highway. The r7 is 2,4,5,6,8 just in case there may be out tune Stalker. I will be running the Alp for laser. Is there a lot of on/off in N.H. And Mass.? Is Vascar used a lot anywhere?
I can speak for MA pretty well. Your biggest threats will be 35.5, K band, and Laser. Lots of Decatur guns. Not much I/O to be found here. The trickiest thing will probably be trying to decipher real K band from falses. There is a lot of K band still in use in the state, from small towns to MASP. ALP should do a spectacular job against all guns you'll see in the state, considering it's mostly LTI guns (LR-B and Truspeed S are what I regularly see). 34.7 and 33.8 are also out there, just not as common.

New Hampshire seems to be a lot of Stalker and Kustom guns, with ProLaser being the dominant LIDAR gun. Much more I/O up there than in MA, at least from what I have seen. Also, aerial VASCAR is a real threat. I have the state plane tail numbers programmed on my FR24 app.
 

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I all I'll be making a trip this weekend from R.I.,Mass.,And N.H. I heading into North Conway. Is there a lot of Laser in N.H.? What should I Be looking for? I'll be using R7 and Stri Plus. Stri Plus has 2,5,8 and I use highway. The r7 is 2,4,5,6,8 just in case there may be out tune Stalker. I will be running the Alp for laser. Is there a lot of on/off in N.H. And Mass.? Is Vascar used a lot anywhere?
You're running a great setup for lidar and radar, enjoy the drive. :)

Aerial surveillance is definitely a thing in NH though, if you're planning on putting the hammer down there I would run JBV1 in offline mode with PAWS or Highway Radar with Aircraft Alerts enabled.
 
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Can I please what this is? I have the state plane tail numbers programmed on my FR24 app. So you can run jbv1 without V1? I was using waze. Is vascar used only daytime? Plus is anything else used besides vascar with timer in police car not radar or laser?
 
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Can I please what this is? I have the state plane tail numbers programmed on my FR24 app. So you can run jbv1 without V1? I was using waze. Is vascar used only daytime? Plus is anything else used besides vascar with timer in police car not radar or laser?
Yeah, if you search for JBV1 offline mode there's some steps that will let you run it without a V1 being connected. Personally I haven't used the aerial alerts in either app, but I know it's a feature.
 

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I'll be making a trip this weekend from R.I.,Mass.,And N.H. I heading into North Conway.
There are a couple of variations of the route for this trip. What is your planned route? There will be different problem areas in NH depending on the way you travel.
 

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