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Got my first real save from my R7 last night coming up from MD to visit dad in central NJ. It was a dark, (about 8:30-9ish), misty stretch of I-295 not too far north of the DMB. I must’ve been doing about 80-85 in a 65mph zone. Others were with me. Most I was passing. A couple were passing me. Nothing crazy. It was a nice straight stretch, I probably would’ve been doing 90 had the weather been better. I started getting a Ka alert from the rear. Thought it was from an overpass I had just gone under. Sometimes I’ll get an alert if there’s a LEO nearby or passing over, but it fades away quickly. But this time it didn’t quit, it was ramping up! I backed off slowly and kept looking back but couldn’t see anything. A few seconds later I see the lights go on about 2 or 3 cars behind me as some guy got pulled over. Whew! Score 1 for the home team!

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Yeah, I was definitely thankful! Felt like my investment had just paid for itself!


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Got my first real save from my R7 last night coming up from MD to visit dad in central NJ. It was a dark, (about 8:30-9ish), misty stretch of I-295 not too far north of the DMB. I must’ve been doing about 80-85 in a 65mph zone. Others were with me. Most I was passing. A couple were passing me. Nothing crazy. It was a nice straight stretch, I probably would’ve been doing 90 had the weather been better. I started getting a Ka alert from the rear. Thought it was from an overpass I had just gone under. Sometimes I’ll get an alert if there’s a LEO nearby or passing over, but it fades away quickly. But this time it didn’t quit, it was ramping up! I backed off slowly and kept looking back but couldn’t see anything. A few seconds later I see the lights go on about 2 or 3 cars behind me as some guy got pulled over. Whew! Score 1 for the home team!

Mike


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Nice! Now you need a dual dash cam setup. Thanks for sharing!

Usually after each save, I will pat my detector on the head and say out loud "good job". Sometimes I might whisper "I love you" if it really saved my bacon.
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Nice! Now you need a dual dash cam setup. Thanks for sharing!



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Thanks, Matt. I see lots of talk about dash cams. Are they really worth having? What’s a decent affordable setup?


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Thanks, Matt. I see lots of talk about dash cams. Are they really worth having? What’s a decent affordable setup?


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Dash cams are definitely worth it. I bought one mostly so I could share videos of my radar detector in action with the community here. It’s also fun capturing other drivers making stupid moves and sharing those as well. That’s one reason members here run them.

The other reason, and more important of the two is, dash cams can be very helpful in situations like car accidents. If you’re involved in an accident, your dash cam footage may be able to prove that you weren’t at fault, if it isn’t clear who’s fault it really was. Dash cams can capture license plates (some with more clarity than others). So say someone backs into your car while leaving their parking space in a parking lot, and then they just take off. If you’re using parked recording mode, your dash cam now has their license plate recorded and you can show the footage to the police.

I only use a front dash cam at this time, but eventually plan to install a rear one as well. You can start off with just one for the front, and a great budget model is the Viofo A119 V3. I have the A119 V2 because the V3 wasn’t released at the time I purchased mine. Both of these cameras are capable of recording in 1440p.

Here’s a great review video to check out on the V3:


Viofo also offers a 1080p front & rear setup, the A129, and the 4K version, A129 Pro.

There are a TON of dash cam options out there. More expensive brands like Blackvue and Thinkware are also popular, but if you’re looking for a budget model to start out with, Viofo is a great option.
 

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Thanks for your feedback, Matt. And sorry for the delayed response, I thought I had replied earlier. You make some good points about having a camera setup. Not crazy about hanging more stuff on my windshield but if I got it hardwired (to use parking mode, I’d have to, right?) it wouldn’t be too bad.

And thanks for passing along that very thorough review from Vortex. Gonna have to give this some more consideration...

Regards,

Mike


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Plus dash cams can provide hours and hours of weird fun. Especially when my wife drives my car and promptly asks to delete recorded footage.
 

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