Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
July 2008: A Shriek in the Night
It had been a late evening, my friends and I had just left the restaurant. One of them
takes the same highway I do to get home, so we end up going the same way. He has no
detector, I have my V1.
As we hit the on ramp of the highway, I'm in the lead. He wants to show me he can keep
accelerating with me. I have a muscle car, so I drop it and he starts to fall back.
Satisfied that my show was convincing, I let off and he settles in behind me as we get
onto the freeway.
Traveling west on I435, running at an express clip, we're approaching a construction
site, which starts just after a bridge and drops to 55. Knowing that it's around midnight
and a weekend, I know there's no construction going on, so I keep my pace.
Just before we hit that zone—we’re the only two cars on the road—V1 lets loose its
laser shriek. I down shift and brake hard, not worried for myself but for my friend
V1 keeps shrieking, the red arrow pointing dead ahead. I scan the layout, and on the
right shoulder I see a local yokel with his car set at that strategic angle that prevents
the glow of his reflective decals until you're right on him. He's holed up at the beginning
of the bridge.
I pass by him at the speed limit and V1 continues it's piercing scream until my friend
passes as well. The enforcer stays planted. No pursuit!
My wireless rings, it's my friend. "What did he hit you with?"
"Laser," I say. "He was too soon and too long, gave himself away."
"If you hadn't braked I'd have never seen him," he says.
"If I didn't have V1, neither would I."
How that thing is so accurate I'll never know. I'm just glad it is. Thanks!