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Re: Speed traps and Radar

At 08:18 AM 12/13/96 -0700, steve powers wrote:
>Sean said
>> How do they know if you have one?  Well, do you have it stuck to your
>> windshield?  Is it's cord hanging down in plain view?  When they hit you
>> with radar, do your brake lights go on?  Remember, if they're going the
>              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>One of the things I've often thought about is adding a small circuit
>which detects the radar being on and interrupts your braking circuit,
>disabling your brakelights. If it was done, I'd want just a one-time
>so you could dynamite the brakes just once without having the lights
>come on. Second and subsequent applications would work as normal. The
>circuit could be reset once the radar signal goes away. Not that I would
>recommend or do this, mind you.
>a retriggerable one-shot...
>steve powers

A friend of mine put a similar switch in his 88(?) VW Golf.  It was a 3-way
switch that in one mode allowed the brake lights to work normally.  The
second mode disabled the brake lights so he could brake without the cops
seeing the lights.  The third mode turned on the brake lights without
braking to shake tail-gaters ("SH**!  He hit his brakes!" they would say as
he accelerated away from them...).  Anyway, the switch was dash mounted, and
he just flipped it depending on the situation.  Pretty neat...

Achille Riviello
'83 4000s 5-speed, 200k+  miles,
'96 A4Q 5-speed, 1128 miles
HK P7M13
"In a world of compromise, some don't"--HK