We get it. A device that confuses government equipment to “trick” the police out of giving you a ticket sounds, well, really shady.
However, before you judge this book by its cover, know this. A laser jammer can save you the price of a ticket. And there is a responsible, legal way to do this.
Again, we know that these claims won’t instantly put your questions to rest and your conscience at ease. So, we’ve written you a full-length, 1,000-word article to do this instead.
Below, you’ll learn all you need to know about police laser jammers. To be specific, we explain whether these jammers work at all, how they work, how to use them, and the legality of doing so. Keep reading to learn more.
How Do Police Lasers Work?
Police laser speed measurement devices are very common in many communities. They work by casting a beam of near-infrared light upon a reflective surface on the front of an oncoming vehicle.
It is controlled like any other gun. That is, there are crosshairs for aiming and the beam is activated by a trigger.
When the beam is “fired,” it reflects off of the car, bouncing back to the gun. The device measures how long it takes the beam to return.
The return time gets shorter as the car gets closer. Finally, with this information, the device calculates and reports the speed at which the targeted car is moving.
Are Laser Guns the Only Way That Police Measure the Speed of Traffic?
No, there are many other methods that the police use to determine the speed of passenger vehicles. For instance, they may use radar guns that use radio signals the same way that laser guns use near-infrared beams of light. They can also calculate a car’s speed by timing how long it takes the car to travel from one point to another.
Does a Laser Jammer Really Work?
Yes, a laser jammer does work. It fires its own, more powerful beam at the laser gun to overwhelm its sensor.
To understand this, imagine someone shining a flashlight at your eyes while the sun is shining even brighter from behind them. You wouldn’t see the light from the flashlight because of the overpowering brightness of the sun.
In the same way, the jammed sensor can’t detect the return of the laser because it’s “blinded” by the jammer. And if it can’t time the return of the reflected laser, it can’t determine the speed of the targeted vehicle.
Is It Legal to Use a Laser Jammer?
On a federal level, there are no laws against using laser-jamming equipment in your passenger vehicle. However, state laws about this matter vary. Specifically, these devices are prohibited in:
- South Carolina
- Washington D.C.
You must know, though, that these laws are subject to change. Always research the laws in your area before you decide to purchase, or not purchase, a laser jammer, a cell phone jammer, or any other jamming equipment.
How Do I Use a Laser Jammer?
As mentioned, the police will most likely target a reflective surface on the front of your car, like your headlight or license plate. Thus, the jammer should be placed in the grille area of your car or truck. To be extra safe, however, you may wish to place one in the rear of your vehicle as well.
These devices continue transmitting the entire time you’re driving. Some are equipped with sensors that detect police lasers and warn you.
Does This Mean I Will Never Get a Speeding Ticket Again?
Although this should go without saying, we’ll say it anyway. Equipping and activating one or more laser-jamming devices does not guarantee that you will never get a ticket. To put it differently, there are a lot of things a laser jammer doesn’t do.
For example, a laser jammer doesn’t block the radio signals of a radar gun unless it’s also designed for this purpose. It’s also possible that the laser happens to be used at such an angle that it gets missed by the jammer.
Furthermore, traffic cops aren’t blind. If you’re drifting around 25 MPH turns at 60 MPH, they can see your reckless driving without the use of specialized equipment. Or, they can simply follow you in an unmarked police car, match your speed, and then read their speedometer.
The bottom line is, the use of jamming equipment should effectively reduce the likelihood of a speeding ticket. But it doesn’t change the fact that speeding is against the law. Thus, the only guaranteed way to avoid a speeding ticket is to obey the speed limit.
Should I Get a Laser Jammer?
Lastly, you probably aren’t planning on driving like a maniac, anyway. But nobody’s perfect.
Even the most careful drivers have moments where they accidentally go 20 miles over the speed limit. Most of the time, it’s from missing a hard-to-see sign in an unfamiliar area. These “speed traps” are often set up and monitored by police for the express purpose of writing more tickets.
For reasons like these, it’s still a great idea to invest in a laser jammer to protect yourself. You can view and purchase one for yourself right here.
Use Your Laser Jammer Responsibly
A laser jammer can be a very wise, money-saving investment. And, as much as we support your decision to use one, do not take the warnings in this guide lightly. Make sure you research and follow the laws of your local region when purchasing and using any type of signal jammer.
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