Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
October 2005: Pandemic Congestion, Now With Laser
purchased my Valentine One three years ago and Iíve wondered from the
beginning, why does it have laser protection? Lasers are nothing like
radar; lasers use light. It will be completely blocked, or reflected, by
the object it is pointed at, leaving no chance for the beam to strike my
detector. Wouldnít the manufacturer of far and away the best radar
have said that atmospheric scattering of laserís light is enough for
detection. Iím not a laser physicist, but I was wary of this explanation.
Detectors capable of finding this scattered light would have to be very
Recently, lawmen in my area have begun to use laser. As I was driving to
school one morning, I got a laser hit. After a moment, I saw the source, a
motorcycle cop standing in the bike lane with a handheld laser gun. I
looked at my speedo, a whopping 27 in a 35. Morning congestion has become
pandemic. I thought nothing more of it, except to wonder if they were going
to actually catch anyone.
the drive home, on a city street posted 35mph, I spotted a Crown Vic on the
shoulder. The officer was using laser. As I approached he fired his gun at
the car in front of me, then at me; the Valentine One warned on both of
them. As he pulled out after a car about ten back of me, I realized what V1
time I saw the cop way off, and had direct line of sight through car windows
each time the V1 screamed out to warn me of the threat. This morning I had
been four cars back when V1 first warned. There was no line of sight to the
gun. I didnít even see the officer until I was passing him.
means that I had a usable laser detector all along, in my trusty Valentine
One. Were all these stories of scattered light true? Be it dust in the
atmosphere, shiny cars, shaky-handed operators, I donít really care.
Somehow, it works. And something tells me that, Mike, you knew about this
Thanks for such a superior product,
San Jose, CA