Detectors are only illegal in half of the provinces in Canada. They are completely AOK in BC, Alberta, Sask, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and most electronics stores here will sell Bel/Escort detectors in the auto GPS/stereo sections.
Beltronics Sti-R Plus - It has better sensitivity than the V1, Has GPS Capabilities & is completely immune to all RDD (Radar Detector Detectors) so you can drive through areas where they are banned and they can not detect that you have a detector. As a plus the detectors can be firmware updated without sending the unit in.
Valentine seems to be fading away. They have no GPS and are easily detected in banned areas. While Escort & Beltronics has been year after year adding new technology Valentine has done nothing to improve their product.
just bought a 9500ix and an invisicord... will let you guys know my thoughts as I have them. I used it on a roadtrip this weekend and i must say the range this thing has is unreal. you could be doing 1000 mph and slow down in time to avoid a ticket when the LEOs are using constant on.
just wanted to add to the thread. great product, easy install of both mount and cord. thanks for the pics of those that forged the way. very helpful. i love my hard-wired valentine all over again. =]
Sorry for the tangent, but you guys will be the ones to know. I've never owned a radar detector, and luckily haven't had a speeding ticket in 10+ years. Unfortunately, I have a sneaking suspicion all of that is about to change now that I have a V.
Are radar detectors still mostly relevant? I'd just assumed that laser was the preferred tool of traffic enforcement now and was looking into those instead of radar detectors.
Can someone give me a quick 101?
Valentine 1 is highly recommended along with others. Yes, they are still relevant. Some folks also get laser jammers, but on a personal note I am not yet sold on their effectiveness.
Laser is still not the most common form of speed enforcement in the US. K and Ka band are, by far the most common and, therefore, good radar detectors can be very effective. Laser has some disadvantages for LEOs. They must be "aimed" and can only be used stationary, so, it has some significant disadvantages. However, if you get hit with laser, 99 times out of a 100, your busted. I am not familiar with the training that all LEO get but I am familiar with Texas DPS. They are actually trained to visually estimate vehicle speed at + 2 mph. They must do this to be qualified to use radar or laser. They must re certify regularly to keep that certification. So, at least in Texas, the odds are the Trooper has visually spotted you and estimated you speed and THEN merely confirmed it with laser.