Blinder is one of the most established laser jammer brands and has been producing LIDAR/laser jammers since about 2005. The company released its first set of jammers, the M20, M30, and M40 (2 head, 3 head, 4 head versions) in 2005. They reliability updated their line in […]
The AntiLaser brand is well known within the laser jammer industry, but has seen more success in Europe and Australia due to its lack of a US distributor and headquarters in Croatia. AntiLaser’s first product, the Guardian 7 or G7 was introduced in 2006 and […]
Laser Jammers are legal to own and operate in 39 of the 50 United States. Whether or not you live in a Legal State or an Illegal State (or country), it’s important to know how to use laser jammers without being caught or being hassled by local law enforcement.
Laser Jammers block police laser so that the officer cannot get a speed reading – this is the fundamental reason to own laser jammers. How you use them responsibly is another story. Here are the most important lessons about owning and operating laser jammers.
If you haven’t yet, check out our Laser Jammer Acronym Guide
Never Drive Recklessly
Many laser jammer owners will drive faster than the posted speed limit (PSL). Just because you’re exceeding the speed limit does not mean that you’re driving 100+ miles per hour. All drivers should take into consideration the terrain, weather conditions, and traffic conditions before deciding how fast to drive. Police will pull you over if you’re driving recklessly, even if they can’t obtain a speed reading on your car
Slow Down After a Hit
If you’re being targeted by police laser, your laser jammers will alert you and begin blocking the police laser gun. What do you do next? While it might seem like a fun idea to push the accelerator to the floor and blow past the police officer ‘Super Troopers’ style, it’s not a good idea. If laser jammers are illegal in your state, you could face fines, confiscation of your jammer equipment, or even jail time for owning or operating your jammers.
Even if you live in a state or country where jammers are totally legal, officers have been known to pull people over for obstruction of justice or reckless driving. The jammer community likes to keep a low profile – the less that police officers that know about laser jammers, the better. If everyone is showing off their laser jammers to the local police, the next stop will be the police chief and the local legislature.
After you’re hit with police laser:
- Slow Down to the posted speed limit
- Turn Off your jammer system – you should have a ‘kill switch’ or power switch located somewhere easily accessible
- Celebrate – once you’re out of view! Don’t wave at the officer or call attention to yourself.
If your jammers worked correctly, you just got out of a speeding ticket! You may feel the need to try drive by again (and again) to jam the officer multiple times – we call this the ‘victory lap’. We don’t recommend doing it too often, but once in a while is usually okay. However, remember what was said about calling attention to yourself…
Know the Law
It is your responsibility to know your local, state, and federal laws – if you’re pulled over in an Illegal State or country , ignorance is not a defense! Again, the penalties for owning or operating laser jammers in an Illegal State or country can be harsh.
Overall, just be smart about how you drive and how you employ your laser jammers. Driving recklessly is always a bad idea – it is totally possible to drive fast and still drive safely. Don’t call attention to yourself – the laser jammer community likes to fly under the radar (no pun intended), so be sure to kill your jammers as soon as you’ve slowed down to the speed limit. Don’t jam the officer all the way to the gun – that’s calling attention to yourself!
Used effectively and intelligently, laser jammers will keep drivers safe from getting a ticket from speed LIDAR. Used recklessly, you’re asking for a ticket – or worse!
Next: Take a look at your state’s laser jammer laws at our interactive USA Laser Jammer Laws Maps.
Related: UK Motorist Arrested with Laser Jammer (UK Laser Jammer Laws – Obstruction of Justice)
While there are no federal laws banning the manufacturing, sale, possession, or use of laser / LIDAR jammers, some states have implemented their own laws regulating laser jammers. Nine states and Washington, DC have made laser jammers illegal; their legality is debated in Nebraska; and […]
Most of us have been there: Sitting, quietly fuming, in the driver’s seat of our car. Red and blue lights flash from behind, while a police officer writes a ticket in his cruiser. How did he get me?, you ask. Could he have even gotten […]
So, how do laser jammers (also referred to as laser shifters or laser scramblers) actually work? Perhaps you have a friend who has installed laser jammers on his car, or you’ve seen them on the BMW in front of you in traffic. Do laser jammers really work?, people ask. How is that even legal?, they wonder.
Laser jammers really DO work, and in some states they aren’t legal! In most US states, however, they are just as legal as radar detectors.
If you’re just joining us, you may want to read up on the two previous articles:
What are Laser Jammers?
How Do Police Laser Guns Work?
Essentially, the laser jammers just shine back light at the laser gun! The laser gun has no idea of knowing which light it sent out, and which light the laser jammers are sending out, so it can’t get a speed reading. Of course, the light has the be the same kind of light emitted – in this case, infrared light at a wavelength of 904 nanometers (nm). Also, it can’t be just as bright as the laser gun itself, it has to be brighter – way brighter! Just imagine that someone is shining a flashlight at you in the dark. You then respond by shining a floodlight back at them – your light will far outshine theirs and they’ll be blinded.
The earlier generation of laser jammers did only this – flooded the police laser gun with much more light on the same wavelength. However, this proved intermittently effective – many times it worked well, but sometimes it would fail. In this business, you need to be 100% effective or you’ll be paying for a lot of tickets! Police laser gun manufacturers also got a bit wise to the trick and began implementing ‘jam codes’ that tell the officers that the gun is being jammed.
In response, laser jammer manufacturers pulled another trick out of their sleeve. Remember the laser gun pulse rates we talked about in How Police Laser Guns Work? Guns often run at certain pulse rates, like 140pps and 250pps (pulses per second). New laser jammer systems began emitting the jamming light at the same pulse rates as the guns themselves! Now, the police laser guns are receiving extremely bright light, at the same wavelength, and at the same pulse rate.
As they once said in a game called Pokemon – it’s super effective!
So there you have it – now you know how laser jammers work.
There is one 2005 laser jammer test that LaserJammer.net can stand behind. Laser jammer testing happens infrequently. It takes time to get together a group of testers and it takes time and money to provide multiple jamming systems. Most of all, it takes a lot […]
There is one 2006 laser jammer test that LaserJammer.net can stand behind. Laser jammer testing happens infrequently. It takes time to get together a group of testers and it takes time and money to provide multiple jamming systems. Most of all, it takes a lot […]
There is one 2007 laser jammer test that LaserJammer.net can stand behind. Laser jammer testing happens infrequently. It takes time to get together a group of testers and it takes time and money to provide multiple jamming systems. Most of all, it takes a lot of money to supply a range of laser/LIDAR guns for testing. Laser guns cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars (older systems) to a few thousand dollars (current models / brand new models).
Guys of LIDAR were the premier laser / radar testing group from about 2006-2009 and produced the only serious independent testing results during that time.
LaserJammer.net thanks the Guys of LIDAR, and their semi-successors ECCTG, for their important efforts and for the ability to link to their results. LaserJammer.net is not affiliated with Guys of LIDAR or ECCTG; links are provided directly to the GOL testing results pages.
You may want to read up on our Laser Jammer Terms & Acronyms Page before checking out the test results.
March 9-11, 2007 – Blinder M40 vs. Laser Defender vs. AntiLaser G8 vs. Laser Pro Park vs. Laser Interceptor vs. Escort Shifter ZR3
Laser Guns: LTI UltraLyte LR, LTI Marksman, Kustom ProLaser II, Pro Laser III, Kustom ProLite III, Stalker LZ-1, Laser Atlanta SpeedLaser
Thanks to the Guys of LIDAR for testing!
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