Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
October 2002: Group Encounters Of the Worst Kind
My V1 took a little getting used to, I must admit. It seemed to detect
everything, including how many door openers in the local grocery store.
But now I see why the Counter is so important.
1: Coming back into Austin from Houston, I am still, after 50 miles,
moving along with the same five-car pack. Suddenly, V1 goes K with 1, then
2, then 3, then 4 bogeys. Strange, but I slow to 65 just in case, and the
pack leaves me behind. Then, as I round a curve, I see the first unit with
his victim. A few hundred yards away, unit number two has his victim, then
number three and four. These were the cars I was following.
2: Coming through Spicewood Springs, the limit is 35, but the road is
relatively straight and many fly by at 50. V1 went Ka with 3 bogeys.
Hmmm…as I slow to 35 I get honked by cars passing in the inner lane.
Around the next corner, I see three bike units. One is dismounted and
using his radar to pick us off coming around the curve. Behind him two
other riders are mounted and ready to chase. The car that honked is
already stopped, with an enforcer walking up to him. As I pass, V1 shows
arrows front, back, and side. Uh-oh! Around the next curve, I see another
bike unit finishing off his prey.
3: At nine this morning in my neighborhood, as I approach the fire
station, V1 goes K with one bogey. That's normal. Then it changes up to
three with both K and Ka lit. HUH? Just as suddenly it goes back to one K.
After the incidents above, I immediately get serious. As I pass the fire
station, I see two cruisers and a bike unit. I smile. Minutes later on my
return, as I near the fire station, V1 reports four bogeys on K and Ka,
and I see three locals enforcing to three separate drivers.
I never gave much thought to the Bogey Counter, but three group
encounters in the last week have changed my mind.