Police LASER

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LIDAR is an acronym for LIght Detection And Ranging.   A police laser emits a highly focused beam of invisible light, in the near infrared region of light, that is centered at 904nm of wavelength and is only about 22 inches (56cm) in diameter at 1000 feet (300m). Unlike police RADAR which directly determines a vehicle's speed by measuring its doppler shift, police laser-lidar calculates speed by observing the changing amount of time is takes to "see" reflected pulses of light over a discreet amount of time.

Older Generation I & II police laser guns (ie; LTI 20/20 Marksman, KS Prolaser I/II) - which have long been out of production - today pose little or no threat to drivers as they are no longer used - and were fairly easy to defeat.

Generation III (Gen 3) police lasers such as the Laser Technology (LTI) Ultralyte 100/200LRB, Kustom Signals Pro Laser III, and Stalker LZ-1 account for the majority of guns currently in operation in the US with Laser Atlanta attempting to gain market share with the new S-model.  The Riegl LR90 and Jenoptik Laveg/LaserPatrol are European police laser guns for use in their respective markets.

For 2006, two new ultralight (~1lb) guns have been introduced into the traffic enforcement market by Kustom Signals - the binocular-styled Pro-Lite and Pro-Lite+ - that should prove to be quite popular and are much more price competitive with their RADAR gun counterparts - meaning that police laser is only going to become even more popular!

In 2007, there are several new police laser guns being introduced into the European market which appear to be unjammable, at least for the moment!

While we haven't experienced these police laser's first hand, we fully expect Veil to continue to have a positive impact (for the driver) on their ability to target would-be speeders—Veil's mechanism for defeating police laser is different from laser jammers and should provide a level of protection to concerned drivers until the laser jammer manufacturers can devise an effective active/electronic countermeasure to these new-fangled police lasers.

For 2008, expect smaller, lighter, and less expensive newer generation police lasers (Gen IV), such as the Laser Technology (LTI) TruSpeed™, the first police laser gun to retail for less than $2000USD making them a cost competitive alternative to mobile hand-held police radar guns, while at the same time promising lower back-end "conviction" costs to traffic control departments which deploy them.

kustom signals pro iii          laser atlanta s          lti ul100lrb          stalker lz-1
riegl lr-90      jenoptik laveg        laserpatrol        pro-lite

These latest generation police laser-lidar guns are much more difficult to defeat than their earlier Gen II or I predecessors.

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After many hours of testing this product with different cars and different speed police laser guns, we have determined five primary contributors to police laser's effectiveness. They are (in order of decreasing importance): whether or not a license or vanity plate is mounted on the front of a vehicle; the surface-area of headlights, fog lights, and parking/running lights that are positioned in the front; the amount of large sections of chrome that is perpendicular to the road facing the front; the shape of the vehicle - specifically how much of the vehicle is vertical or perpendicular to the road; and finally the color of the vehicle (white being the easiest to detect) and type of automotive paint (metallic being the easiest to detect.)

Let's examine each one of these factors which contribute to a vehicle's "visibility" to police laser/lidar.


Most states and countries require the use of a front license plate (as of this writing, only seventeen states do not.) These plates are mounted perpendicular to the road surface, thereby acting as a strong reflector of light energy. Furthermore, most current state plates are retro-reflective which, in effect, magnifies or intensifies the amount of reflected light. We have found that even on black cars that have hidden head lights, such as Corvettes, when they have a front-mounted license plate, effective targeting range increases as much as four times!


Head/fog lights and parking/running lamps are also strong reflectors however they are typically spaced farther apart and since the LIDAR beam only strikes a portion of them at any one time, they are the secondary contributing factor.


Vehicles that have large sections of chrome are easier to target than do vehicles that do not or have complex thin chrome grills with a lot of space in between them.


The frontal shape of a vehicles plays a large role in effecting the targeting range of laser. Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs, and many import sports cars have steeply raked front-ends that have fewer surfaces that are perpendicular to the road. Therefore, cars which are aerodynamic looking are likely harder to target with laser as these kinds of vehicles reflect laser light away from the gun source. These types of vehicles stand to benefit the most when VEILed.


The color and type of paint contributes to a vehicle's stealth nature. Metallic and/or light cars are easier to target at greater range than darker non-metallic cars. You may be surprised to see that color is not higher on the list of importance, however, we have found that all laser guns have improved, since their debut, to the point that the other factors play a more important role in contributing to the overall visual signature to laser. However, darker vehicles will tend to benefit the most with VEIL, because once the reflected portions are obscured with VEIL, the car's color will be the source of any remaining reflectivity.

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Drive a darker car!

Seriously, if you happen to own a light-colored car or truck, consider putting a protective bra on the front. These bras are generally black and will reduce the effective targeting range and maximize you chances to avoid/beat police laser speeding tickets.

Remove any front vanity plate and/or cover the area with clear plate cover that has been coated on both sides with VEIL. Paint all reflective objects (lights).

veil applicationAnother essential device to use is a good radar detector in combination with Veil; there are a number of very good units on the market. Whatever you do, do not skimp on one of these as the cost of just one ticket, the subsequent point assessments and insurance premium surcharges can run in the many hundreds of dollars.

For the ultimate protection against police laser, consider using VEIL in conjunction with a reliable and proven laser jammer.  The performance of these electronics varies markedly and could mean the difference from a "close call" to a healthy fine. Do your research

Trustworthy sources of information are available on-line at Motor Trend, RadarTest.com, Speed Measurement Labs, Radar Roy, and our very own real-world radar detector reviews and laser detectors comparison.

One of the most effective things you can do to reduce your chances of getting LIDAR speeding tickets is to be conscious of your surroundings. As of this writing, LIDAR must be operated from a stationary point (although that will likely change soon.)

Additionally, the officer will likely operate the gun from a vantage point of the side of the road ahead, albeit at a greater distance than RADAR. Therefore, be an attentive driver; get to know where traffic enforcement generally occurs and what technology is being deployed such as LIDAR, RADAR, VASCAR, etc.

Observe the behavior of other vehicles in front of you. For example, as cars in front of you drive around a curve or travel under an overpass, do they brake from no apparent reason? Their drivers may be reacting to a speed trap.

Finally (and this will sound trite), do not drive too excessively for the conditions. I have from time to time blundered in a speed trap, being inattentive to my speed, and have had time to slow down to a point that the officer won't bother pulling me over. I have found that, for the most part troopers are just doing their job and will likely cut you some slack.

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