Laser Jammers – What Are They?
We’ve all heard of radar detectors, and maybe even laser guns, but what the heck are laser jammers?
They are the latest tool in the arsenal drivers can legally use (in most places) to help them avoid costly tickets. Similar to a radar detector, a laser jammer seeks out laser technology that law enforcement uses and they, in a nutshell, “jam” the signal. This makes a car “invisible” to detection.
Laser jammers are gaining in popularity with those who love radar detectors because of some technology changes that are slowly going on with law enforcement. Now in use in a number of area is “photo lidar.” This technology uses a fixed laser and a digital camera to take pictures of those who run lights, speed or otherwise break the rules of the road.
Relying on similar technology as laser guns for clocking speeds, lidar is pretty effective and it’s not detected by a radar detector that checks for radio waves alone. There are radar detectors that seek out both laser and radio waves, but some drivers prefer the jammers.
In a nutshell, laser jammers block the signal of the laser gun or the photo lidar. This enables a car to “fly under the radar,” so to say. Operating using laser light technology rather than radio waves, these jammers are not banned by the FCC since they don’t operate on the frequencies this federal agency oversees. Laser jammers are legal in most states as well.
While radio radar guns are still the mostly commonly used technology employed by police to clock speeds, lasers are picking up in popularity as are photo lidar systems. Inasmuch, those who rely on radar detectors are becoming more keenly aware of the slow shift in technology. Coupling a radar detector with a jammer, or better yet a detector that can read both types of signals, covers the bases.
There’s no way to 100 percent guarantee a ticket can be avoided, but in areas where lidar and laser are used, a jammer is a new way to avoid being stopped, but keep in mind these are not considered as effective as the evasive measures a detector allows.