How do you reliably recognize a car with cell phone radar?
The most difficult radars to detect are undoubtedly the so-called “mobile” radars. These devices are found in unmarked cars and flash while driving. It is difficult to spot them all because, since 2017, these radar cars have been gradually entrusted to private companies.
One can’t help but see a desire on the part of their employer, the state, to make these expensive radar cars profitable by letting them run longer. In the hands of the police, a radar car works about two hours a day, which is 3-4 times less than when driven by a driver, and this is the only work of the day. But who says that more time on the road automatically means more lightning… In order to entrust its cars to companies, the state chains sales of public contracts by region. The use of cars started in Eure in 2018 and is gradually expanding throughout France.
How do you recognize them at first sight?
Because they are placed in unmarked cars, these radars cannot be seen. But some clues will allow you to avoid punishment.
If you think you’ve spotted one, keep an eye on the rear luggage rack where you can see a black box and two small cameras if the rear window isn’t tinted… Whatever happens, it’s not this device that flashes you, but the “eye” placed on the dashboard. The run-on time is therefore not counted. If you take a look at the dashboard as you drive by, you’ll see a large black box.
On the other hand, if you tick it in front, it is almost impossible to get out of the trap. The dashboard-mounted radar may be huge, but by the time you see it, it’s already too late. The other two small cameras at the base of the windshield pillars are too discreet to give any clues…
“Mobile” radars were quickly adopted by many brands. Therefore, apart from being paranoid and distracted by the search for traps, it is impossible to locate the radars by focusing on the model that integrates them. To date, the main known models are:
- Citroën Berlingo
- Dacia Sandero
- Ford Focus
- Peugeot 208
- Peugeot 308
- Peugeot 508
- Peugeot partner
- Renault Megane
- Seat Leon
- Skoda Octavia
- Volkswagen passat
- Volkswagen Golf