Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
August 2002: The "Ahead" Arrow Doesn't Play Games
Everyday I have a 35-minute commute, most of it along 417 around
Orlando. Usually there are no enforcers, but every now and again I will
come across the notorious Florida Highway Patrol.
Early one morning, I was running a few minutes behind schedule, and trying
to make up for it. Another car hitched up right behind me, obviously
making use of my radar detector. On and off for about 3 miles, V1 kept
telling me of Ka ahead, so I continued to slow down, then speed up again
as the alert faded. After about the 4th cycle of this, my trailer thought
I was just trying to get him off my back, so he sped ahead. Maybe 10
seconds after he passed, V1 once again said Ka ahead, only this time it
didnít fade. It got stronger.
I concluded that a Florida Highway Patroler must have been cruising ahead
of us, and had just decided to duck behind one of the grassy knolls to
quench his thirst for tickets. Unfortunately for the impatient one behind,
I was not playing games. The second he passed by the hidden hunter, he was
jumped from behind and nabbed.
Fortunately for me, I have an astonishing piece of equipment as an
everyday commuting partner. Talk about plug-in peace of mind.