Originally Posted by BillBoost37
Pete...search for this.. we recently had a great discussion on it.
The basics are..
If you see them.. and the detector goes off.. you are done.
If instant on is being used..it'* not transmitting a signal for your detector to pick up until the signal to check your speed is shot at you.
Pretty much.. it'll tell you when to pull over.
Yes and no Bill. As far as I have seen, all radar guns made within the last 8 to 10 years are instant on. Even the old ones had some instant on-ness to them. But in no way does that mean you are screwed. If in traffic, even a laser (the most precise as far as hitting one car and not setting off all the detectors in a mile radius) will give you warning. As Bill, said, there is scattering that occurs, and you can pick it up. Instant on radar, yeah, you will get warning, but it will be very on and off.
Bottom line: It all comes down to the cop. The good ones know how fast you are going before they tag you, it just confirms what they already know. With that said...they are waiting for you, instant on ready to go...