Everything you need to know about Laser Detectors Posted on 23 Oct 10:38

Before we talk about police laser detectors and which laser detectors are the best at protecting you, it’s important to know what exactly police laser is, how it’s different from radar, and why it’s so difficult to detect.

For nearly four decades, traffic enforcement departments have used radar to enforce speed limits.  For nearly the same amount of time, drivers have had at their disposal, small electronic devices called radar detectors that have been able to detect the use of police radar.

The purpose of a radar detector is to provide advanced warnings to drivers to the use of police radar and their use has protected tens of thousands of motorists from potential speeding tickets.  Police radar does have its limitations, however, and the enforcement industry responded by introducing a then new form of traffic enforcement technology called police laser or police lidar.  Unlike police radar, police laser utilizes a highly focused beam of infrared (IR) light that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Police laser is much harder to detect than police radar.  Officers aim police laser guns at vehicles, very much like snipers aim rifles.  Unlike police radar, police laser can successfully measure the speeds of vehicles many thousands of feet away, long before a driver may be able to spot the police laser operator.

For a time there were no ways to detect police laser, as detectors had been designed to only detector police radar.  Fortunately, the radar detector manufacturers responded and today every radar detector sold also has laser detection built-into them.

However, that’s not the end of the story.  The nature of police laser is that when your radar/laser detector alerts to laser, you are already being targeted and your speed being measured.  Speed readings can be taken in a fraction of a second so by the time you can react, your speed has often already been determined and if you were speeding, you will likely be pulled over and cited.  In other words, radar/laser detectors are essentially ticket notifiers.

Therefore a driver needs to not only own a good laser detector, but needs to supplement the laser detector with something that can help afford him or her additional reaction time to safely slow down (if one happened to be driving above the posted speed limit).

First, it’s important to own a radar detector that offers superior laser detection abilities as not all laser detectors are created equally.  Today the best windshield-mounted laser detectors we have tested include:

  • Valentine 1
  • Escort Redline
  • Escort 8500 X50
  • Escort Passport
  • Whistler CR90/CR85
  • Cobra SPX-7800BT and Cobra DSP 9200 BT
  • Beltronics STi-R Plus

Second, it is essential that drivers have an additional layer of protection as well.  To work effectively, police laser requires it’s light beams to be reflected back to the gun and the most reflective objects of any vehicle including motorcycles are the headlights, foglights, directional indicators, and license plates.

Veil G5 is an engineered and patented police laser countermeasure that absorbs the infrared light that police laser uses (much like sunglasses and sunscreen absorbs UV light).

While no countermeasure is full-proof, by reducing the reflections of police laser, drivers can effectively rely on their laser detector to alert to its use while Veil G5 absorbs the police laser to afford them additional reaction time to safely slow down and an ultimately avoid speeding tickets.

Every driver using a laser/radar detector should pair it with Veil. Veil turns a laser detector from a ticket notifier, into a ticket preventer.