Presenting The RDF Geographical Survey (Version 1.0)

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  1. xydrine

    xydrine Vengeance. Justice. Fire and Blood. Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    RDF rolls out a lot of changes to our website quite often, and while some of them are uniquely customized, it is not often that we can claim credit for designing them in their entirety.

    The RDF Geographical Survey (or RDFGS) is something we have been working on a long time; it is an interactive, up-to-date database of radar/laser threats around the United States, with information on radar detector/laser jammer laws, and includes specific details down to the city level regarding speed enforcement tactics and technology. The system was developed completely in-house and is maintained by the RDF community.

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    Click here to visit the RDF Geographical Survey.

    Currently, most states are filled out with as much data as we have on them. There are a few other states that are still being filled with data; pwrpuma has a list of these. If you see

    For launch, only Advanced+ Intermediate+ members will be able to add data to the system. This will be changed eventually, to prevent a flood of information entering the system.

    For Advanced+ Intermediate+ members, go here to update the database: https://www.rdforum.org/rdfgeo/db/

    If you have trouble accessing the script, do this:

    1.) Make sure you have private browsing disabled, and cookies are enabled.

    2.) Browse to Main Page - Radar Detector & Laser Jammer Forum Wiki

    3.) Logout if you are currently logged in.

    4.) Log back in, and make sure you choose "remember me."

    5.) Once logged in, head over to the script at https://www.rdforum.org/rdfgeo/db/

    That should fix any issues you guys are having with access. You must be logged in to your RDF account to access the backend system.

    All changes made to the backend system (the link Advanced+ Intermediate+ members can access) are refreshed on the frontend system (the pages with data appearing in the Wiki) AT MOST every 5 minutes. Most pages update in real-time. If you made a change to the database and it isn't immediately reflected on the Wiki page, wait 5 minutes and check it again, it will be there.

    When entering data, the county must be specified (selected from the drop-down menu). This is how we generate the google-based map overlays.

    For tactics such as ENRADD, VASCAR, etc, which don't currently have a column or option in the "add entry" form, please list these in the "notes" area. We will be expanding the functionality to meet these needs soon, once we know that the primary system is functioning to its fullest capacity.

    For all state agencies, select the "State Police" option under the county list. If you have additional information on other agencies (such as Transit Authority, etc), please specify it in the notes for the "State Police" entry.

    The "State Police & State Agency Information" column on the front page is pulled from the "notes" section under that state's "State Police" entry. If you want to edit this, that's where you need to go.

    The "Interactive Map" on the font page pulls legal information from the "Click here to edit the description for the state of X" link under each state in the backend. Go there to edit this.

    Anyone who adds or edits entries to any state will automatically be added to the "Contributors" section on that state's page, and on the front page.

    This is a very complex system. There may be some unforeseen bugs that have not appeared yet. While we have fixed all the ones we have seen, if you see something out of the ordinary, please let us know it in this thread.

    All additions, edits, and deletions are logged. We are watching :shifty:.

    If you have any ideas, or suggestions, questions, comments, or concerns regarding the RDFGS, please let us know in this thread.

    Anyone below Advanced Intermediate access, please post update requests in this thread; we will manually enter them in for you until we lower the edit restrictions of the RDFGS backend.
     
  2. pwrpuma

    pwrpuma Learning to Drive General User

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    List of States Populated with Data:

    Green = Completed with data from known list
    Amber = Working
    Black = Needs Updating


    Alabama

    Alaska

    Arizona

    Arkansas

    California

    Colorado

    Connecticut

    Delaware

    Florida

    Georgia

    Hawaii

    Idaho

    Illinois

    Indiana

    Iowa

    Kansas

    Kentucky

    Louisiana

    Maine

    Maryland

    Massachusetts

    Michigan

    Minnesota

    Mississippi

    Missouri

    Montana

    Nebraska

    Nevada

    New Hampshire

    New Jersey

    New Mexico

    New York

    North Carolina

    North Dakota

    Ohio

    Oklahoma

    Oregon

    Pennsylvania

    Rhode Island

    South Carolina

    South Dakota

    Tennessee

    Texas

    Utah

    Vermont

    Virginia

    Washington

    West Virginia

    Wisconsin

    Wyoming
     
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  3. RickyBobby

    RickyBobby Momma I'm Goin Fast Advanced User Premium Member

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    it looks like Arizona, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming are all transferred from the kpatz list.
     
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  4. xydrine

    xydrine Vengeance. Justice. Fire and Blood. Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    Most states are.
     
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    RickyBobby Momma I'm Goin Fast Advanced User Premium Member

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    just for puma's list.
     
  6. xydrine

    xydrine Vengeance. Justice. Fire and Blood. Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    Gotcha, I misinterpreted, thanks.
     
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    Kelton Learning to Drive General User

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    Being a 2 year member of the other forum and being fairly active (HueManatee), I am just seeing if I can edit the RDFGS to add radar and laser information about Ventura, LA, Orange, and SD Counties. If not, then I'll be more than glad to post it here for you guys to put it there. I'm just trying to save you guys some of the trouble :p. I can confirm my identity if you want by logging into my RD.net account and taking a screenshot or PMing one of the moderators here.

    I double checked the Forum Rules to make sure I wasn't violating anything by asking! It'd be nice to be able to jump in a little and help out the community.

    Oops, I just re-read the OP and I guess I'll just post it here. Give me a second to update.

    Santa Barbara County:
    Santa Barbara: Laser
    Carpinteria: Ka, Laser

    Ventura County:
    Camarillo: Ka (encountered once, moto cop in city, but couldn't identify whether it was VCSD or CHP), Laser (PLIII)
    Oxnard: Laser (PLIII)
    Ventura: Ka, Laser (not sure about gun)
    Ventura County Sheriff (serves Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai): K (reports of it, never encountered myself), Laser (PLIII, TruSpeed)
    Simi Valley: K, Ka

    Orange County:
    Irvine: Ka, Laser
    Orange: K, Ka
    Orange County Sheriff: Ka, Laser
    Newport Beach: Laser

    San Diego County:
    San Diego: Ka, Laser (PLIII, TruSpeed)
    Encinitas: Laser
    Escondido: Ka, Laser
    Carlsbad: Ka, Laser
    Chula Vista: Laser (PLIII, ProLite)
    SD Sheriff: Ka, Laser
    San Diego Rural Areas: K, Ka, Laser

    Los Angeles County:
    Los Angeles: Laser (Ultralyte)
    Glendale: Laser (PLIII)
    Long Beach: K, Ka, Laser (Ultralyte)
    City of Industry: Ka, Laser (PLIII)
    Azusa: K (haven't seen in a long time), Ka, Laser (PLIII)
    Arcadia: Laser
    Beverly Hills: Laser (Ultralyte)
    Glendora: Laser (PLIII)
    Palmdale: Ka, Laser
    Paramount: Ka, Laser (probably, served by LA Sheriff)
    Pasadena: Laser

    San Francisco
    San Francisco: Ka, Laser

    California Highway Patrol: C/O (mostly), I/O (sometimes) Ka (34.7, 35.5), Laser (PLIII, Ultralyte, TruSpeed, TruSpeed S)
    Traffic Sensors: Yes. All over Ventura County and into North LA County.
    Apparently Laser Ally has sold contracts in California but I do not know where.

    Sorry this is kinda jumbled, I'm doing this all from memory :p.
     
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  8. Salty

    Salty Get out of my way Advanced User

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    Holy crap that is quite a list! ^
     
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  9. Kelton

    Kelton Learning to Drive General User

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    I've been all over Southern California haha. I grew up in Ventura County so I spent most of my time there, I moved to Orange County for my first semester of college and drove around there a lot, then I moved to San Diego after my first semester in OC. I have friends who go to UCSB so I drive there sometimes. My grandparents and rest of my family besides my parents live in LA County so I'm there a lot as well :p.
     
  10. RickyBobby

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    Ohio done.
     
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    Y so many states with X band?? I thought it was only NJ and NC :confused:
     
  12. xydrine

    xydrine Vengeance. Justice. Fire and Blood. Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    Who knows, local backwater towns may still use them.
     
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    Poughkeepsie, NY (Dutchess County) - Ka, Laser
    Hyde Park, NY (Dutchess County) - Ka 34.7
    Wappingers Falls, NY (Dutchess County) - Ka

    In each of those three cities: There are also sheriffs running K band, and state troopers using Laser.
     
  14. tpalmer87

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    Some information for Florida:

    Alachua County
    Alachua County Sheriff: K, Ka
    Gainesville: K, Ka, Laser

    Citrus County
    Citrus County Sheriff: K, Ka
    Inverness: K, Ka

    Hernando County
    Brooksville: K, Ka
    Hernando County Sheriff: K, Ka, Laser
    Weeki Wachee: K, Ka

    Lake County
    Clermont: Ka
    Eustis: Ka
    Groveland: K, Ka
    Howey-in-the-Hills: K, Ka
    Lady Lake/The Villages: K, Ka
    Lake County Sheriff: K, Ka, Laser
    Leesburg: Ka
    Mount Dora: Ka
    Tavares: Ka, Laser
    Umatilla: K, Ka

    Marion County
    Belleview: K, Ka
    Marion County Sheriff: Ka, Laser
    Ocala: Ka, Laser

    Orange County
    Apopka: Ka
    Ocoee: K, Ka
    Orange County Sheriff: Ka, Laser
    Orlando: Ka, Laser
    Windermere: Ka, Laser
    Winter Garden: Ka
    Winter Park: Ka, Laser

    Seminole County
    Altamonte Springs: Ka, Laser
    Heathrow: K, Ka (Some I/O), Laser
    Sanford: Ka, Laser
    Seminole County Sheriff: K, Ka, Laser
    Winter Springs, Ka, Laser

    St. Johns County
    St. Augustine: K, Ka
    St. Johns County Sheriff: K, Ka

    Sumter County
    Bushnell: K, Ka
    Sumter County Sheriff: K, Ka
    Wildwood: K, Ka

    Volusia County
    Daytona Beach: K, Ka (Some I/O), Laser
    Deland: K, Ka
    Deltona: K, Ka
    Volusia County Sheriff: K, Ka, Laser
     
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  15. speeddemon

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    Looks good Need more comment space though
     
  16. man114

    man114 PSL +15 Advanced User

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    More comment space would be helpful, some of the smaller townships use very predictable traps. Only other way I could think of doing it is somehow allow the map to put say red dots on the map where the traps are set up as it lets you zoom in plenty close as I suggested before, but if thats not possible more comment space could help.

    As info fills up things could get crowded, any way to do drop down lists by clicking on County? Example if I was looking for threats in Erie county where I have been filling out info I have as I have time, it could be helpful to have drop down lists because if I fill out lots of small townships the list will get crowded. The problem with not filling out the info for small towns to avoid this is exactly that as a lot of the small townships ticket heavily. I'd think we'd want it as comprehensive as possible.

    I'll try and fill in some of the smaller Western NY townships when I get more time this evening with more detailed info.

    Not so sure about the removal of X band as a threat in the city of Buffalo. I'm 100% sure that that was a legit car I saw last year running it. Was in the Bailey/William area, if anyone more frequently drives that area than me and wants to keep an eye out for confirmation. I only go through there once every other week or so. I'll keep an eye out when I go through. Maybe someone up in that region can keep an eye out?
     
  17. Woodscolby

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    Added. Oh ya, and puma I already finished Texas from the list.
     
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    tpalmer87 PSL +5 Intermediate User

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    Here's some information for New Hampshire:

    In New Hampshire you won't find a lot of County Sheriff's out patrolling. On occasion you will find the bigger sheriff departments such as Hillsborough County patrolling but this is usually rare. You will mainly find State Police and Town/City Police out patrolling on the states highways and roads. In the northern and western counties such as, Coos County, Sullivan County, and Cheshire County, you will find the New Hampshire State Police patrolling, as a lot of the smaller towns do not have their own police departments, they hand the duties over to the state police.

    Interstate 95 is notorious for speed traps that are mainly done by the State Police. The speed traps are mainly between the Hampton Toll Plaza and the Maine/New Hampshire border with the cruisers parked in the median, either with Laser or Ka.

    NH-101 is another highway notorious for speed traps. NH-101 stretches from Manchester to I-95 in Hampton. In the medians on NH-101 you will find State Police and local police. The local police on this stretch are Auburn (Exits 1 and 2), Candia (Exit 3), Raymond (Exits 4 and 5), Epping (Exit 7), and Exeter (Exits 9 and 10). You will find them using K or Ka. However, the state police have used laser before in the break down lane, just after Exit 1 in Auburn.

    At the Massachusetts/New Hampshire line on Route 3 (Everett Turnpike) a New Hampshire State Police cruiser is notorious for patrolling in the median, behind the Welcome to New Hampshire sign, mainly using Ka, have seen K though.

    At the I-293 and I-93 merge in Manchester, just before Exits 6 and 7, state police are well known for being in the median patrolling with Ka.

    On I-93 you will find state police in the medians from the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border all the way up to the New Hampshire/Vermont border. Mainly using Ka and on occasion I've seen K.
     
  19. xydrine

    xydrine Vengeance. Justice. Fire and Blood. Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    Okay, I'm going to meet you guys half way on this.

    I have expanded the notes box to allow 1000 characters (it used to only allow 255).

    That said, we must keep the front page and individual state pages looking clean. A city or county entry with a 1000 character note makes the table look like crap. So, I have implemented a script that truncates the characters at a certain point (at 66 characters on the front page, and at 100 characters on the individual state pages). If the notes are longer than either of these numbers on their respectable pages, a "more" link will appear where you will be able to click it and have it expand.

    Examples:

    RDF Geographical Survey - Radar Detector & Laser Jammer Forum Wiki
    RDF Geographical Survey - Virginia - Radar Detector & Laser Jammer Forum Wiki

    I'm not sure what you mean exactly.
     
  20. man114

    man114 PSL +15 Advanced User

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    I guess how I'm trying to put it is as opposed to having all the townships within the given states listed alphabetically, instead have each county listed, then when the county was clicked the list of all the townships within the county would be listed. This would prevent the list from being overly long and confusing. For example someone driving through or even in NY but not from the area might not know where Brant, a small township in Erie county is. Seeing it listed in NY is going to lead to confusion at somepoint as the database grows to hundreds of smaller towns, if there was a clickable Erie County, and then Brant was listed under there it would at least be easy to discern what county it was in.

    As far as the call for more characters in comments that works awesome.
     

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