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Police Speed Enforcement Tactics in District of Columbia

DC PoliceUnderstanding the speed enforcement tactics and equipment used in District of Columbia

can save you from getting an expensive speeding ticket!

District of Columbia Radar Detector and Laser Jammer Laws

Both radar detectors and laser jammers are illlegal in Washington D.C. in all passenger vehicles.

Points of Interest

  • Police use the Spectre RDD to detect radar detectors
  • Member of non-resident compact.

Phone/Texting Laws

  • Texting ban while driving
  • Ban for drivers using handheld

Aircraft Enforcement

The Washington DC area police do not use aircraft for traffic enforcement.

Fixed Photo Red Light and/or Photo Radar Enforcement



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

Police Radar Enforcement

Procurement records over the past 5-years indicate that the following police radar guns are used by D.C. Police Department.

  • Applied Concepts Stalker Basic K-Band
  • Applied Concepts Stalker Dual SL K-Band
  • Applied Concepts Stalker Dual SL Ka-Band
  • Applied Concepts Stalker Dual DSR Ka-Band
  • Applied Concepts Stalker Dual 2X Ka-Band
  • Applied Concepts Stalker II SRD Ka-Band
  • Applied Concepts Stalker MDR Ka-Band
  • Applied Concepts Stalker Patrol K-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.

  • 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


Police do not utilize VASCAR speed timing equipment.

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