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Police Speed Enforcement Tactics in California

California Police BadgeUnderstanding the speed enforcement tactics and equipment used in California can save you from getting an expensive speeding ticket!

California Radar Detector and Laser Jammer Laws

The use of radar detectors are legal in the State of California in all passenger vehicles, however laser jammers
are illegal

Points of Interest

California’s POST radar police certification course is a 54-hour class with 24 classroom hours and 30 field training hours and after graduation the officer then can be certified in lidar enforcement in a second 8-hour class.

California state law also requires that police radar guns must be certified every three years by a certified and independent radar calibration facility.

  • Laws prohibiting the attachment of radar detectors, GPS devices, cell phones to the windshield.
  • Illegal to drive with only your parking lights on during the day or night.
  • Law does allow motorcycle lane splitting.

Phone/Texting Laws

  • Texting ban while driving
  • Handheld ban for drivers

Aircraft Enforcement

The California Highway Patrol do have a variety of Aircraft they can utilize for traffic enforcement including 12 Eurocopters, 2 Bel 206L4. 1 Bel OH-58, 15 Cessna 206 and 1 Cessna 182.


Police do speed enforcement using both rear and forward facing pacing.

Police Radar Enforcement

State procurement records over the past 5-years indicate that the following police radar guns are used by both state and local police agencies.

  • Applied Concepts Stalker Dual Ka-band
  • Kustom Signals Falcon HR K-band
  • Kustom Signals Talon II
  • Kustom Signals Talon Directional
  • Kustom Signals Raptor RP-1 K-band
  • Kustom Signals Raptor RP-1 Ka-band

Police Laser Enforcement

State procurement records over the past 5-years indicate that the following police lidar guns are used by both state and local police agencies.

  • Laser Ally
  • Applied Concepts Stalker Lidar LR
  • Applied Concepts Stalker Lidar XS
  • Applied Concepts Stalker Lidar XLR
  • Kustom Signals Pro Laser III
  • Kustom Signals Pro Laser 4
  • LTI 20/20 TruCam
  • LTI 20/20 TrueSpeed
  • LTI 20/20 TrueSpeed S
  • LTI 20/20 TrueSpeed LR
  • LTI 20/20 Ultralyte 100 LR
  • LTI 20/20 Ultralyte 200 LR
  • LTI 20/20 Ultralyte LR B


Police do not utilize VASCAR speed timing equipment

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Dash Mounted Radar Detectors, Accessories, Mounting Systems: These products come with our 30-day money back guarantee provided that they are returned in resalable condition. This requires that all parts, accessories, warranty cards and packaging are returned.

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This exception includes all laser jammers, installed radar detectors, and the Veil Stealth Coating.