When GPS is too smart by half

Near my home is a high school. The town decided to install one of those annoying speed monitors that tell how fast you are going. For some reason, in their infinite wisdom, they put the monitor beyond the school zone where you’re heading away from the place you should be cautious. My old GPS-enabled detector … continued

It was a long-distance call

South of Moab, UT, I passed two cars. Pretty soon V1 barked, so I throttled back. The two cars left me behind like a bad idea. The valley ahead looked to be about five miles across, and as I approached the crest on the other side, the two cars were about a half mile ahead. … continued

He had an Ordinary Detector

Cruising down the turnpike in my Stingray, V1 alerts me to radar ahead. Then it bumps up the count to two. I ease back as does the Mustang in the next lane. He has a detector, but not a V1. A trooper goes by in the other direction and my V1 still shows two, now … continued

No means no

I drive an BMW M5. I love it. The only problem with driving an M5 is that everyone who pulls up next to you wants to race, maybe just to see how fast I can pull away. The other night I was cruising down a local boulevard, windows down, enjoying the weather. A guy pulls … continued

Three’s a crowd

Outside of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State sits a little town called Roy. Roy has a population of 900 and an embarrassment of law-enforcement riches. The State Patrol uses KA band but the Pierce County sheriffs Roy’s local enforcers use the old K band. What makes Roy difficult is the use of flashing K-band … continued

When V1 speaks, listen up

I had a V1 back in the early 2000s. Loved it, but life changed and it got lost in a move. Fast forward to now; I bought a Porsche 911, so it’s V1 time again. Road-trip time, too. Cruising up the freeway, I start getting some seemingly random Ka hits. Too random to take seriously, … continued

Father knows best

As a retired LEO, I knew exactly what radar detector to recommend when my son asked my advice. “V1, hands down.” I explained that all he was reading about the others having GPS was actually to their disadvantage. All LEOs know how to play those detectors; we’ll set up in an area known to be … continued

One is the loneliest number

I’m driving home. For weeks there’s been a “your-speed-is” trailer set up after a bend in the road. V1 always reads it as a K-band alert, one on the Bogey Counter, and I had gotten used to the brap sound as I neared home. Now here’s where V1 steps to the front of the pack. This time, … continued

No defense against quick-draw tactics

May 1st was Law Day in Arizona, and I was on my way to hear a judge deliver a speech on the county courthouse steps. It was a blue-sky day, and light traffic, just one car oncoming over the crest of the next hill. Unfortunately, that one car was an unmarked unit of the Arizona … continued

A town as dark as its Sheriff’s heart

I live in Fountain Hills, a small desert town off the northeast edge of Scottsdale, Arizona. Besides having a 29-acre lake with a fountain that briefly jets water high in the sky every hour (9am to 9pm), Fountain Hills has another distinction—it’s an International Dark Sky Community. The sky is dark and so are the … continued