Are radar detectors illegal?
No. Radar detectors are NOT illegal to use in New Zealand.
Drove past a police car and my radar never went off. Is it faulty?
Not all police cars have radars installed, or it could be your radar detector is too old to pick up newer police radar technology.
I passed a police speed trap, I could clearly see the cop pointing a laser gun in my direction but my radar didn't go off. Why?
The laser gun has to actually pass over the sensor on the radar detector before you’ll get any kind of warning. They need to lock onto your car before you get a constant warning.
Do radar detectors pick up pole mounted speed cameras?
Pole mounted cameras don’t use radar, instead relying on a magnetic loop embedded into the road surface. No radar detector can pick up this technology, but you can stay on top of the locations using the right radar detector.
Can I block police radars the same way that laser jammers can interfere with laser guns?
There is no such thing as a “radar jammer”, except maybe for a classified US Airforce project and if we can’t tell you about that as it’s classified.
I have a radar detector and it's constantly going off. Is it faulty?
It may have a fault, although it’s more likely that “K Band” is enabled and you’re getting a ton of false alerts.
Even with K Band enabled, my radar gives me little or no warning of a parked speed camera van. Why?
Unfortunately the camera and radar are usually focussed pointing across to the opposite side of the road, not along the road in the direction of traffic flow. This means the radar detector has to be nearly beside the camera trap before it picks up the signal.
My friends tell me the Valentine V1 is the best radar to get because it has front and rear detection. What else can match this?
Radar detectors generally have 360 degree detection, not just front and rear. While the The V1 will tell you if the threat is coming from in front or behind, in reality this is only useful if you plan to outrun the police. While the V1 works, it is missing a lot of newer features that many other radars consider standard.