Now I’ve been done for speeding back in early 1990 and at the time I admitted my guilt as I was had bang to rights so it was a fair cop I also use to fall into the camp of don't speed and you wont get caught but not anymore.
The other day I’d decided to go out it was the first time I’d been out in the car in over 8 days, anyway I drove down to Wallingford and turned into a 30 limit and way ahead (400yards or more) I spotted a mobile camera unit, I thought no worries as I was going just over 30(most speedo's have a +1% error so your not doing 30 but 27mph) when I got to the 30 sign as normal so I didn’t take much notice of him after that as my speed was good and I was sure I was not going to get a ticket, how wrong I was.
2 weeks later there’s a letter from Thames Valley Police saying I’d been done going 37mph! in a 30, my first reaction was to think I’ll definitely question this as I don’t believe I was speeding but the stinger is they’ve amended the freedom of information act so you can’t see what they call “photographic evidence of a speeding offence”!.
What a flippin stich up, you can only see it if you go to court so you have no real choice, my reason for wanting to see it is I think this trapper got me just at or near the 30mph sign but more worrying is a friend of mine has just been done for going 32mph in a 30 so that means they are effectively carrying out a zero tolerance approach to drivers here in Oxfordshire.
To back my assumption up that the rozzers were being sneaky I drove to Kidlington the other day and coming past Oxford on the A34 I saw a mobile unit parked up on the fly over and he was in just the right position to get people coming round a slight bend immediately into a 50mph limit, he’d get you right at start of the 50mhp limit sign!, again sneaky or what?.
I then as I went towards home I found another one tucked in a driveway facing the other way (lucky for me although I was doing around 33mph on my dial) again aimed right at a bend with a 30 limit sign in the village of blueberry.
I don’t mind getting done for being a prat but this has really p****d me off, they’re setting you up by adhering to the exact letter of the law and not allowing and leeway and hunting you at the point of the speed limit enforcment obviously because they are after money rather than trying to make the roads a safer place.
Normally I am really good at not speeding so I am concerned that something was wrong here but I have no chance to find out unless I go to court and that would cost far more that the ticket does so it’s a no brainer.
But I haven't sat back and done nothing instead I’ve also done a bit of digging about on the web and my fears are kind of confirmed, the bottom line is laser traps can give false readings so you can get done for a false excess speed generated by Doppler scatter and or laser slippage, both will add up to 8mph to your true speed and get you a ticket.
So the way I see it there’s 4 ways you can deal with this and they are.
a) Pay up and shut up.(that’s sadly what I’ve done)
b) Go to court and pay even more money to get turned over anyway.
c) Use a jammer and say feck the law (not at all legal) as the Police will happily impound your car and take you to court for doing so and normally it’s crown court you end up in.
d) Keep within the speed limits pray all the time and make sure you’re doing the correct speed or even better less from the sign post point, and to give you a slight advantage fit a decent laser trap detector to your car to give you instant warning your being painted by PC plod, or better still the car in front of you thus giving you even more time to make sure your down well below 30 when it’s your turn to get pinged by the rozzers.
And for me D is the better option I feel, I love technology and so have spent many hours looking at what’s out there and how good it is. The conclusion is there’s a lot of kit out there that won’t help you much but will happily empty your wallet.
The biggest issue for me is what they use to trap you and what detector will tell you you’re being looked at.
All mobile units here in Oxfordshire use laser guns in their taxation traps so that’s what you really need to detect now, but that said the laser light is being aimed at your number plate and not your windscreen where your new expensive and mostly useless detector is happily sitting.
And one down side to them is almost all trap detectors scan from X band all the way up to Ka band radar but you get false alerts from traffic lights and automatic shop door openers.
I have a cobra detector and all it picks up is false alters it does my head in and worse it only detects laser when you around 200 yards from them. That’s OK for radar guns but lasers can ping you up to a mile away as laser light diffuses very slowly but it's always aimed at your number plate and not your windscreen so can't be easily detected
But all is not lost as I’ve found what I think is a good cheap alternative, it’s a single laser detector unit with a remote head that can be mounted above or below your number plate so it will pick up any laser energy aimed at the car, it only cost £50 as well, the electronic unit will sit in the cigar lighter and has a built in speaker and an on off button, I’m planning to fit mine in the next few days and leave in in and on all the time.
From what I’ve seen round here I don’t trust the rozzers one inch now.
Right megga rant over!.
PS if you want to know what the unit is and where I got it from feel free to PM me OK?.
PPS sorry if I sound like one of those naff US adds we get on here I didn't mean too it just turned out that way honest!.