Police Laser: How to Avoid Getting Nailed with a Speeding Ticket
How to Avoid Getting Nailed with a Speeding Ticket
Before we discuss how you can protect yourself from police laser traffic enforcement, let’s first describe what it is.
LIDAR is an acronym for LIght Detection And Ranging.
A police lidar (i.e., police laser) gun emits a highly focused beam of invisible light in the near infrared region of light that is centered at a wavelength of 904nm 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” a series of reflected pulses of light over a discreet period of time.
Police laser was first introduced as a traffic enforcement tool in the early 1990s as a better alternative to police radar and offers police departments inherent advantages over police radar, namely:
Today’s fifth generation police lasers provide superior construction quality with improved optics, circuitry, and speed detection algorithms that are far more advanced and are proving to be especially lethal to drivers on the roadways.
So, now that we have defined the threat, let’s explore a simple way to protect you from being successfully targeted.
Veil is a stealth technology which works by absorbing a police laser’s infrared light pulses (much the same way sunglasses absorb the visible sunlight). This makes it much harder on the guns to see their own reflected light pulses. The most reflective parts of an automobile or motorcycle are its headlights and license plates.
By treating them with Veil G5, the remaining and less reflective parts that are not treated won’t give the guns enough of a reflection that they require at a given distance to be able to obtain a speed reading. This buys the driver precious additional time to safely react and to slow down during an attempted speed measurement.
If you are interested in knowing even more about lidar speed enforcement, refer to our FAQ.