Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
February 2005: One Motorist's Substitute for V1
We were headed across Oregon, my wife and I in my 2005 MINI Cooper S,
and my cousin following in his modified T-bird. I was maintaining a brisk
pace. The MINI handles very well, so I didnít have to slow for the corners.
My cousin had to drop back when the road curved, but he would catch up
on the straights. As we started over rolling hills, I could see a couple
of cars ahead that we would overtake. My V1 started beeping; the arrow
I could not remember any false signal sources in this area so I slowed
a little. As each car in front of me went over the crest, V1 gave a warning
burst. They both had been hit
by radar. I immediately slowed using brakes so my cousin would see and
he could also slow. That is, if he had been paying attention.
As I approached the hill, a Sheriff's car appeared and I was blasted
by his instant on. After he went by there was another warning blast, this
one from the rear. He had targeted my cousin. In my mirror I saw him hit
his brakes hard and he pulled a quick U.
Sure enough, my genius cousin had not been paying attention and he got
pulled over. I told my wife that he was going to be really mad about getting
a ticket. In the next town I pulled into a gas station. A few minutes
later my cousin showed up. I didnít expect him that soon, or that heíd
He said, "The sheriff asked me if I had any good reason to be going
76 mph on a 55 mph road." He had decided to play totally dumb but
honest. He told the officer, "I was trying to keep up with my cousin
in that little thing he drives." When the officer told him that he
had clocked me and I was within the speed limit, my cousin said, "Oh,
he must have slowed down. Heís got one of those thingamajigs that he sticks
on his windshield. What do you call them?"
"A radar detector?" the sheriff asked. "Yeah, one of those
things," my cousin responded. He said the sheriff just shook his
head, rolled his eyes, and told him to "slow down.Ē
Unlike my cousin who relies on dumb luck and sympathy to duck tickets,
I count on V1. It has never let me down.