loader image

Spotlight: California Laser Jammer Device Laws

 

 

While police officers utilize two different types of speed detecting devices, either a police speed gun – aka police lidars, or standard police radars, it’s important to know that use of a radar jamming device to scramble the police speed detectors are not only illegal, but operating a radar jammer is a federal offense across the U.S.

In actuality, most police officers are no longer in use of radars, though they were fair at determining a vehicle operator’s speed with accuracy. On the other hand, use of a radar detector is not illegal in the state of California, and laser speed guns or lidars are the predominant device utilized by the police at this time.

 

California Vehicle Code Section 28150 (Division 12: Equipment of Vehicles, Chapter 5: Other Equipment, Article 17: Jamming Devices) defines the following:

 

(a) No vehicle shall be equipped with any device that is designed for, or is capable of, jamming, scrambling, neutralizing, disabling, or otherwise interfering with radar, laser, or any other electronic device used by a law enforcement agency to measure the speed of moving objects.

(b) No person shall use, buy, possess, manufacture, sell, or otherwise distribute any device that is designed for jamming, scrambling, neutralizing, disabling, or otherwise interfering with radar, laser, or any other electronic device used by a law enforcement agency to measure the speed of moving objects.

(c) Except as provided in subdivision (d), a violation of subdivision (a) or (b) is an infraction.

(d) When a person possesses four or more devices in violation of subdivision (b), the person is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person who has a valid federal license for operating the devices described in this section may transport one or more of those devices if the license is carried in the vehicle transporting the device at all times when the device is being transported.

 

Radar and laser detectors

 

Since there are no relevant laws in the state of California to prevent you from using laser detectors or radar detectors, we can consider these devices legal to operate. They are not considered illegal as long as the detection device does not interfere with radar or lidar devices used by law enforcement. Whereas, radar jammers work on the principle of interfering with the frequencies from police radars. Police laser jammers work to interrupt their highly focused beam of infrared light. While their effectiveness is debatable, the fact that they are illegal is not.

If you’ve received a citation for the use of a radar detecting device or jammer, please don’t hesitate to contact Ticket Dismissers’ offices. Let us save you the time and hassle of defendng yourself and being unnecessarily jammed up in court.

Related Posts

Spotlight: Types of Traffic Tickets

    While the California vehicle code has over 1,000 pages, there are certainly many reasons you could find yourself pulled over by a police officer when traveling our roadways. From moving violations such as speeding tickets to a busted taillight when...

read more

Spotlight: California Vehicle TV Laws

    This article shines a spotlight on the California laws regarding use of TV monitors in your vehicle. Its amazing to think how far technology has come, and while its not illegal to operate a TV monitor in your vehicle, it does need to be properly...

read more

Spotlight: Traffic School

    There are generally three different traffic tickets for which you may be cited: Parking Ticket Infraction Traffic Ticket Misdemeanor Traffic Ticket   But only one of these will allow you the opportunity to attend traffic school in order to prevent...

read more

Free Case Analysis

The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact Ticket Dismissers. For a free accurate case analysis, please call 818-213-5130 or complete our contact form.

10 + 13 =