Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
September 2003: Taxman in the Trees
"Good morning," I respond, accepting the NY Thruway ticket.
Miles go by, full daylight comes, radars are encountered, the normal
stuff. I'm rapidly closing on a car in the distance. Seconds later he
drops out of sight, then I'm there, entering a gentle decent of 300-400
yards culminating in a wide, sweeping curve to the right. V1's laser alarm
triggers for an instant, then stops. I STAND ON THE BRAKES!
Busted, me thinks. But I see nothing; just the car I've been
overtaking, now 200 feet ahead.
Seconds later I get a full blast, V1 maxed out for 3-4 seconds. Still,
I see nothing. Wait…what's that slight movement inside the trees in the
median? Sunova #@%! It's a Trooper in camo lying prone behind a
medium-sized tree, using it to steady his handheld LIDAR unit. He eyes me
suspiciously as I go by. And then, there's the rest of 'em, five chase
cars waiting at the end of the trees. One pulls out to get the guy I was
about to blow by. The V1 must have picked up a small reflection from the
In my rear view mirror I notice the sniper is now standing…hmmm.
Yep, you guessed it, several seconds later he gives me one in the back at
1500 feet. Bye-Bye taxman!
All the best, Mike, and thanks.