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Well, there it is, just got nailed for speeding on LIE service road -- going 80 in a 40 mile zone. The road was empty and I just could not resist. The V1 did not help at all. The officer was using a Ka instant-on I think. By the time I saw V1 beeping it was already too late.
These radar detectors are useless
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M5 is an excelent car but I may loose my license after all.
So what should I do? -- drive my M5 at speed limits -- makes no diference whether u r driving M5 or 528 in this case.
I wish I lived in Germany.

Albert.
 

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Radar detectors don't help in all situations. My V1 saved my *** 3 times this weekend coming down from Tahoe in the TT. In every case, I was going about 85 in the 2-lanes-per-side of HWY 50 in the mountains. The detector went brap and I nailed the brakes to 55 - each time about 1/4 of a second later the CHP came around the bend in the other direction. Gave me a look but nothing he could do. By the time he had visual on me someone else was going by me!
 

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Unfortunately in the USA the only place you can legally enjoy your M5 is the race track.If you are not a member join the BMWCCA and go to their drivers schools-there are quite a few nice race tracks close to you where you can drive your car the way it was intended-other clubs like PCA,Corvette club etc. also welcome BMW's at their schools.
 

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Al,

Unfortunately I know all too well what you're talking about. I bike on the LIE service road quite often. I noticed that there are plenty of places for cops to hide.

I got my last ticket on the Southern State Pkwy 6 years ago & I swore that it would be my last. (92 in a 55 & that's only because I slowed down).

The judge swore I would see the inside of a jail cell if he saw me again.

Ever since then I use a scanner & detector and I don't speed as much. But every once in a while I like to let her rip.

Driver's schools and autocrosses are also a great way to enjoy the beast.

Come down to the Nassau Coliseum for the next one.

Until then watch out.
 

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One other ticket avoidance measure to consider, although it's utility is primarily for interstates (and state police). Uniden makes a scanner with additional features called a 'BearTracker.' They have a model that's the size of a small radar detector, and it has a circuit that alerts you when you come within range (~3 miles) of a state trooper.

[It works by identifying any radio traffic on the unique frequency the troopers use to re-transmit from their handie-talkies via the base unit in the vehicle]

When used together with my V-1, I've found that it warns me in about 50%-75% of the cases where my detector is silent.

One added benefit: if the state troopers are using aircraft to time you between the stripes, you'll hear them talking about it on the police frequency. As one of the most covert means of adding points to our records, it helps when you've got an ounce of prevention.
 

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I hate to ask this Albert, could I encourage you to post this ticket on the "how many tickets have you got' post below. We're tabulating them. Notice the speed, how caught and outcome.

Down here if you get a ticket two weeks later or less you get about 25 postcards from lawyers wanting to represent you for $75 to $150. They claim no points, no classes and in some cases aquital. Don't you guys get the same stuff there.


Best of luck to you.


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Originally posted by Teutonaddict:
One other ticket avoidance measure to consider, although it's utility is primarily for interstates (and state police). Uniden makes a scanner with additional features called a 'BearTracker.' They have a model that's the size of a small radar detector, and it has a circuit that alerts you when you come within range (~3 miles) of a state trooper.

[It works by identifying any radio traffic on the unique frequency the troopers use to re-transmit from their handie-talkies via the base unit in the vehicle]

When used together with my V-1, I've found that it warns me in about 50%-75% of the cases where my detector is silent.

One added benefit: if the state troopers are using aircraft to time you between the stripes, you'll hear them talking about it on the police frequency. As one of the most covert means of adding points to our records, it helps when you've got an ounce of prevention.
Where can you get the scanner in the Atlanta area ?



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hey addict,
how many 'false alarms' sort of speak do you get. I mean with teh scanner, it must be a 3 mile radius you get the the bear scanner going off, so do you find it annoying if you get blips going off all the time. Plus what is the model number you have? I would be interested in this i think.
albert, sorry to here about your ticket, I usually zoom down the LIE and the Northern also, but im gonna keep my eyes open more. I had one of my most fun races on their, with my 911 against a M3, lots of fun, but ill be much more careful from now on.

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I am usually very careful on LIE, since there lots of state troopers out there. But this time I was going on a service road and relaxed a bit. The officer was on a motor-bike and hiding behind the trees on LIE Service Road going EAST between 47-48 exits (Sunnyside BLVD I think). There is a long strip of service road and usually empty.
Last time a got a ticket on LIE I had to hire a lawyer to got me off with 2 point non-speeding violation(85 in 55 zone).
I do not know about this time. I have a good lawyer, hopefully he can get me off.
Of course it is going to cost me some $$$.

How come, these officers sound so upset when they stop you as though there is something personal. Like I offended him personally.
Common, I was just having fun on an empty road. It is as if I am speeding in his backyard.

And what's up with this 55 MPH limit. Cars are much safer and roads are much better.
I think it is just another tax on us -- absolute crap.

Albert.
 

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How about joining the Police, wouldn't that be the ultimate ticket prevention strategy?
If you can't fight them -- join them.

What do you think?
 

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I believe the model number is BCT-11. It's the third-generation model (and yes, I've had all three) where you select the state by rotary dialing thru two-letter codes and it locks in the pre-programmed frequencies. You can access local police, weather, etc., as well as state trooper frequencies.

There's a more traditional (small CB-sized) model (BCT-9?) that allows you to progam in additional frequencies (such as CB channel 19). That's really more noise than it's worth except when there's an accident or traffic jam.

As far as false alarms go, they were few and far between. When it went off, I slowed down (moreso than the V-1, where I'd wait and interpret the tones in some cases). It might false in urban areas, but not too much. Again, I use it primarily on road trips on the interstate.

I purchased mine mail-order from Smile Photo for about $150 from the back of Road & Track (classifieds being the only useful part of that magazine). On my last car (E39 six-speed 540), I used an external antenna (cell-phone look-alike) I bought through a scanner magazine like Popular Communications. On the beast, I now use the included rubberized antenna that attaches directly to the unit (inside the car).
 

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Testing Edit

I think TeutonAddict is referring to the Uniden Beartracker BCT-12.

They are discontinued and VERY difficult to find. There are, however, a few on Ebay. I have located one company who claims to have 6 in stock and I am waiting for a manual confirmation of that and already put in an order for one. If anyone else needs one please let me know and I'll give you the company name if they do indeed have more. It was $169.

[This message has been edited by GradX (edited 24 October 2000).]
 

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A cops salary is paltry to what you probably make


Yea, thoe officers sure have attitudes when you get pulled over...I suppose they are allowed to, because theoretically you 'broke the law'. But what gets me is that up here in Massachusetts, they write you up and then usually drive away and go 80mph without blinking an eye. Jerks...

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I also have the Uniden Bearcat (not sure which model). Very user friendly. As previous post indicated it's mostly useful on interstates. In urban areas the alarm is non-stop.

It came in very handy on my recent trip to Spartanburg.

Be careful, for obvious reasons this may be a highly illegal device in your state.

Au revoir!
 

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This sounds like exactly what I need. I'm usually only at "warp speed" late at night on the interstate. My tickets have all come from "staties."

So, which one do I want, the 12 or the 12S?
 

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Hay guys, there is that CHP association thing that lets the cop be a bit easy on you and sometimes let you go they give you a badge, sticker with a S/N on it and a license plate frame with the number on it too but I cant seem to get there phone # or web page they say it really works because you are supporting them.
 
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