My recent trip to Montreal, QC 8/1-8/3/09
Now that I am in the comfort of my own home again, I can tell of my journey through NY, Ontario and Quebec this past weekend. Surprisingly, enforcement was very light to say the least. My average rate of speed was about 80-90 MPH (almost 140 KPH - a $295 ticket in Ontario if caught ;) ). On my way up to Montreal on 8/1, I ran into several K-band drones. One funny story: a biker dude was tailing me for awhile heading east on I-90 past Rochester, when I started picking up a brief Ka alert. He had disappeared into the distance awhile before. A few minutes later I located the source of the alert: a NY State Trooper, with that same biker as an unwilling contributor to the state coffers! :laugh: Also, starting near exit 40 there is a construction zone that stretches several miles. I came up on one of those K-band drones, and right behind it was a NY State Trooper running LIDAR. I picked up a hit on my ZR4 and cruised right through at about 65 (PSL in a construction zone is 55 - no workers were around).
4 hours later (including a 30 minute wait to get through customs in the Thousand Islands) I entered Ontario, where immediately I encountered what appeared to be a member of the OPP with another unwilling customer, and my first ever encounter with a Spectre (mounted high on the passenger side of the windshield)! That was it on the way up there. Through Saturday evening and Sunday, I encountered two SQ patrol vehicles, none of which appeared to have any radar or Spectre units outfitted in them.
Monday was the return trip home. I encountered NO enforcement through Quebec at all. Ontario was different, however. A little ways inside the border (I can't remember which town it was), I was travelling a good distance behind an OPP patrol vehicle. It was getting ready to set up a speed trap for vehicles heading east on the 401. No Spectre unit in that car that I could see. As soon as I passed it, I picked up a brief K-band alert, apparently from that same car clocking eastbound vehicles. A little ways past that, I picked up a laser hit. I was unable to verify its source, as no patrol cars or officers were around, so I attribute it to sunlight and called it a false alert. As I approached the exit to get to customs, another OPP officer had a customer. As soon as I passed, the "customer" pulled away, and the OPP threw his lights on real quick! His radar unit was not on, and again no Spectre unit that I could see.
Enforcement through NY on the return trip yesterday was headed eastbound only. Although there was one Ka hit I picked up coming over the bridge on the US side...a trooper was headed northbound through the 1000 Islands.
Well, there it is in a nutshell. Relatively uneventful enforcement wise.
I think it time we call you Speed Trap Hunter, Buffalo NY.
Nicely done. Am I to understand that you went to a wedding?
My ZR4 was in "Shift" mode the entire time. For some weird reason, when I would set it to "receive only" mode, the rear sensor would constantly alert. I muted it, then the STi showed "Block Off". I did not want to take a chance at having NO detection, so when that false alert happened I was quick to double-tap my mute button.
May be Escort could provide an answer to your setup, although you'll may want to post your experience to them as their active participation here seems minimal at best.
My heartfelt congratulations to your father and you...and I am terribly sorry for your loss.
I have posted my "findings" over at Escort's online forum, and am awaiting a response from them.
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