Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
March 2003: Haircuts on Interstate 71
I often make the drive from Akron to Columbus, Ohio. This is where the
State Troopers earn their paychecks and take yours! Being from New York, I
find the wide-open roads of Ohio an invitation to push the speed just a
hair. Ok, make it a wig!
Driving north on I71 at 5:20 pm, moderate traffic moving at a nice
rate. I'm thinking home by 6:30. My cruise control set, V1 on watch and
Metallica on the radio—Ah, life is good.
I have the concealed display mounted low, but in daylight other drivers
still snuggle up on my bumper to live off my protection. I am sharing the
lead with a mid-90s Mustang GT when V1 flashes the first warning—Officer
Friendly working against my early arrival. I tap the brakes, as do the
rest of the pack. After 15 seconds with no second warning, I go back to my
Instantly, another alert. Tap the brakes again. Wait…nothing. The
pack thinks I've lost my motivation and pass me like I'm standing still.
Then it happens…full alert! This was an AMBUSH. Trooper 1 was
off the road using radar; Trooper 2 was outside his car aiming his dreaded
laser. If V1 had not picked up the first two radar shots, I would have
never been able to avoid the laser—I
had been leader of the pack.
Two of my former bumper snugglers got stopped for their haircuts. I got
a safe arrival home at 6:35. I've done the math on V1, and I am a firm