Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
February 2006: A Rear Arrow and a Pair of Headlights
During a midnight sojourn
from Maryland up to New York, I got an alert from the rear, fairly weak.
Since we were running through an industrial area as we entered a construction
zone, my initial reaction might have been to write it off as a false,
what with the factory security systems and ubiquitous radar drones on
construction signs these days.
However, the arrow pointing to the rear had me wary. Surely, if it was
a stationary false, I would have had to approach it first, thus generating
an initial frontal alert. Armed with directional knowledge of the still
weak alert, I scoured my mirrors; a pair of headlights were working their
way up through traffic.
Despite the fact that I was already traveling at "traffic speed,"
I decided to slow further, to the construction zone's limit. At this point
V1ís alert level started to rise, and the car passed me. It was a state
trooper. Almost immediately he pulled over a car several hundred feet
Without the rear arrow, even if I would have detected the signal, I would
have assumed that it was a weak false alert coming from down the road
and ignored it.
The V1 proved itself yet again.