California Highway Patrol and radar
In Northern California, there has been a lot of CHP sitting on the side of the road with new radar guns or standing on the side with a couple of buddies ready to jump on the freeway and chase down speeders. This is very new from the past philosophy. It used to be that CHP didnít have radar because the state would not fund it. I heard senators did not want the CHP just sitting on the side and catching speeders but wanted them to be instead patrolling the freeways like their name indicates. Well, this change. They got radar and have been on the Ka band for quite a while but at least they were still driving around. A good radar detector and sharp eyes gave you a real good fighting chance. I havenít had but three speeding tickets in the last 20 years and I like 85 no matter what Iím driving/riding. Now, things are getting hard. If anyone has more to add to understand the thinking and technology, please add to this thread. A friend who is a retired CHP officer said the new radar is laser, officers are going through training in the Sacramento academy to use the new tool and itís good at what it does. They look through the system at a 4 lane freeway and it will identify the speed of all cars coming at them and the individual speeds of all lanes at the same time. Itíll show, lane 1, 80mph, lane 2 72mph, lane 3 70mph etc. I have a Escort X50 which has been great for Ka. It has laser but does not react at all to the new guns. I guess their new tool is effective because Iím using cruise control now more than ever and just sitting at 7mph or so over the limit but it sucks. Any ideas? Any new detectors that are better at this new weapon they are using?
What's also weird but not fully tested, I went to San Diego over the weekend from the Bay Area, down 5 and back up 101. Once past 152 in the Los Banos area, I never saw any of that in SoCal. Do you SoCal people see this yet? If not, I expect it's comig. This is probably a good revenue generator for the state and we all know how badly they need (or think they need) the money.