Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
January 2003: Squirrel-Hunting Troopers
Northbound on I-65, just south of Louisville, approaching the
Shepherdsville exit: I was in the left lane, easing on up the road. About
a quarter mile from the overpass, V1 sounded a blast, laser!
I studied the
road ahead, the shoulder, the median, and even the overpass silhouetted by
the sky. But saw nothing.
Nevertheless, I signaled right, moved into the center lane and tapped
the brakes to kill the cruise control. Several cars passed me on the left.
Then I spotted him, a State Trooper out of his cruiser, crouching low,
aiming his laser gun around the edge of the sign on the overpass, like a
squirrel hunter hiding behind a tree.
The laser warning on my V1 screamed this time, but I was legal. As soon
as I went under the overpass, I saw the chase-down team lined up on the
entry ramp-must have been eight or ten of them. At the next exit I saw the
same set-up, this time with the cruisers facing southbound. What a trap!
But V1 saw through it in time.