The Old Trailer Trick

Yesterday afternoon my V1 arrived, and already it has proven its mettle.

I live in a small town in Connecticut that has gone radar crazy. Thanks to a federal grant, tons of older radar equipment has been passed down to local municipalities. Our boys in blue can’t get enough new toys.

Among other innovations, they have a trailer they park in random locations by the road. The thing is armed with radar and posts your speed as you approach it. More than ten miles over the limit and it flashes red. It turns out this thing is more than a friendly reminder to watch the posted limits, however.

At 5:30 this morning, I was the only car on the road, a straight stretch of fresh asphalt posted at 25 MPH in deference to the Middle School, which was coming up on my right. At that hour, the school is still dark and it’s tempting to maintain speed.

The school was still about half a mile ahead when V1 began beeping. I could see the trailer, another tenth of a mile down the road, showing me at 30 mph.

Once I saw the trailer, I began to accelerate again, ignoring the now full-strength signal from the V1. That’s when the second alarm sounded and the bogey counter ticked up to 2. Luckily, I was still under 35. Sure enough, hidden in the trees by the side of the road about a hundred yards past the trailer, was an early-morning revenuer with a radar gun.

There’s no doubt in my mind V1 prevented an unwanted exchange of paper. No other detector would have had a chance. Thanks!

Chris Low
(withheld), Connecticut