Excessive Speed in BC is defined as 40 km/h over the posted speed limit. Starting September 20, 2010, the penalties include a fine up to $737 for the ticket, ICBC's driver-risk premium of $320 per year for the next 3 years ($960 over 3 years), and worst-of-all, an immediate 7-day impound (plus cost of towing and storage).
Most of BC's speed enforcement use laser guns. For lead-foot BC drivers, check out our Laser Jammers to avoid hefty speeding fines and penalties.
A radar detector scans for radio frequencies transmitted by the police radar units or hand-held radar guns. The radar detector will give advanced warning so the driver is able to slow down before the officer is able to check the speed of the vehicle.
Note: Most hand held police speed guns are LIDAR, or laser guns. Please check out our Laser Jammer section for more info.
Are radar detectors legal in Canada?
- Radar Detectors are legal in British Columbia (BC)
- Radar Detectors are legal in Alberta
- Radar Detectors are legal in Saskatchewan
- Radar Detectors are illegal in Manitoba
- Radar Detectors are illegal in Ontario
- Radar Detectors are illegal in Quebec
- Radar Detectors are illegal in New Brunswick
- Radar Detectors are illegal in Newfoundland
- Radar Detectors are illegal in Nova Scotia
- Radar Detectors are illegal in Prince Edward Island
- Radar Detectors are illegal in Yukon Territory
- Radar Detectors are illegal in Northwest Territory
O.P.P. in Ontario, Quebec Police (Sûreté du Québec or SQ), and RCMP across eastern Canada use Spectre radar-detector-detectors (RDD). Spectre RDD will notify the officer if a radar detector has been detected near-by. Penalty includes a minimum fine of $350 in Manitoba, $170 in Ontario, and $650 in Quebec, and the radar detector will be confiscated.
See below for a list of 100% undetectable radar detectors.
Is there an undetectable radar detector?
There are currently 3 radar detectors that are undetectable to police Spectre RDD. They are recommended radar detectors for drivers in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scota, and PEI.
There is no effective radar jammer against police radar other than those used in military aircrafts. The term radar jammer is often misused for active laser jammer against police laser guns. See our Laser Jammer section below.
What are the false alerts detected by a radar detector?
A radar detector will pick up signals emitted by motion sensors in automatic door openers. These signals have identical radio frequencies to that used by the police radar X-Band and K-Band. User will learn to differentiate a police encounter and false alerts within one week of driving with the radar detector.
My radar detector did not detect a police car. Is there something wrong?
If the police car does not have a radar unit, or the radar unit is not in use, your radar detector will not pick up any signal.
What are the police radar bands used in Canada?
- Ka-Band - the most widely used radar band on the highways (34.7 GHz and 35.5 GHz)
- K-Band - also very popular and widely used
- X-Band - obsolete in most area; only used in remote or rural regions
- LIDAR (laser) - while laser is not radar, there are increasing number of laser enforcement in BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. See below for a list of laser guns and laser jammers.
All radar detectors we carry on KMPH.ca are also laser detectors. However, police laser guns will not give any advanced warning, and if your detector goes off, it is already too late to adjust your speed. You need a Laser Jammer to defend against police laser.
Escort and Beltronics now incorporate GPS features to their flag-ship radar detectors. Functions include red-light and speed camera detection using Trinity Database, as well as marking locations to reduce false alerts. We carry the following models that include GPS functions:
Unfortunately, there is no windshield mounted radar detector that offer both features. Your only option is a custom installed Escort 9500ci, or the latest Beltronics STi-R Plus that are both 100% undetectable and have GPS built-in. A much more affordable choice would be combination of a Beltronics STi Magnum and Cheetah C50 GPS camera detetor.
- Beltronics STi-R Plus (custom installed)
- Escort Passport 9500ci (custom installed)
- Escort RedLine and Cheetah C50
- BEL STi Magnum and Cheetah C50
A police LIDAR (laser) gun sends out IR pulses as the officer pinpoints the target vehicle. The laser gun then receives the reflected pulses and uses the timing data to calculate the speed and range of the car. It takes only 0.3 seconds to acquire target speed. A laser jammer equipped on a vehicle constantly scans for IR signals from any police laser gun. When hit by a laser gun, the jammer will transmit much more powerful signals back to the gun and prevent it from getting a measurement. The driver can adjust vehicle speed in the meantime.
Are laser jammers legal in Canada?
While there is no federal law that prohibits ownership or use of laser jammers in Canada, they fall under the same category as radar detectors in eastern Canada. The good news is that most modern laser jammers include secondary parking assist functionality, which allows legal use of the device if the driver strictly uses it as a parking sensor. See below for proper use of a laser jammer.
How do I use a laser jammer?
Drivers should quickly adjust their speed when the jammer is triggered by the police laser gun, and turn it off to allow the officer get a speed reading. There is no need for unwanted attention and hassle. We currently offer Antilaser G9 from Croatia, and Blinder M27 M47 X-TREME from Denmark.
What is the best laser jammer in 2011?
We are proud to present the latest Antilaser G9 (AL G9 RX), a high performance laser jammer made in Croatia. It is a legal parking sensor and will not interfere with police laser guns for more than 4 or 8 seconds. The control unit will connect up to 4 heads - offering four models (Single, Dual, Triple and Quad Antilaser G9).
What police LIDAR guns (laser guns) are used in Canada?
The most popular laser gun used in Canada is LTI Ultralyte. Here are a list of laser guns:
- LTI Ultralyte
- LTI TruSpeed
- LTI Marksman
- Stalker LIDAR LZ1
- Kustom Pro Laser 3
- Laser Atlanta SpeedLaser
If you see one or more of the following characteristics, what you see was most likely police laser.
- Police officer is standing and holding up a "speed gun" close to his face. See above Q&A.
- A speed measurement device is mounted on a tripod
- A police cruise is parked perpendicular to the main road, hiding in a side street or parked on the highway median
- Speed enforcement on a busy road with traffic. Officers step out to wave over speeders.
- A row of police chase cars waiting to chase down the speeding violator.
- A laser gun must be used while in stationary. If the police vehicle is moving in traffic, then he would be using moving radar or pacing technique.
Yes. To jam a laser gun affectively, the jammer head(s) must have a clear view and cannot be obstructed by any object, including glass.
Should I buy Antilaser G9 Single or G9 Dual model?
AL G9 single-head can be mounted in the center grill and will be a ticket-saver for a small to mid-sized sedan. Mounting 2-heads in the front offers a better coverage for larger vehicles. One can also mount 1 head in the front, and 1 head in the back if rear-laser speed trap is commonly deployed in your area. Most laser hits in Canada and USA come from the front. Each additional G9 sensor costs $300, and it can connect up to 4 sensor heads to form a G9 Quad model.
Blinder International is a company from Denmark that specializes on designing laser jammers. The Blinder M20, M40, and M25, M45 have been the best selling laser jammers in the US, and the latest Blinder M27 and M47 with much improved performance have just been launched in September 2009. The new models M27 and M47 also include a secondary function as a parking assist, with new Blinder Software Update using a USB cable if new threats become available in Canada and the US.
Blinder releases its new laser-diode based laser jammer called HP-905. Base model includes two sensors, while Triple and Quad versions are available at higher cost. The sensor heads are smaller than the LED based M27/M47. Blinder HP-905 features better jamming performance, compact sensor heads for easier grille fitting, USB update, and voice alerts.
- Blinder HP-905 Dual Laser Jammer
- Blinder HP-905 Triple Laser Jammer
- Blinder HP-905 Quad Laser Jammer
Antilaser G9 uses a ultra-sensitive photodiode receiver to detect narrow police laser beam, and fires back with a high powered laser diode. Blinder M27/M47 and Escort Shifters both use weaker powered LEDs and may allow speed readings by laser guns at closer range.
How does Antilaser G9 compare to Laser Pro Park, Laser Star, Laser Elite, HP-905, and Laser Interceptor?
While there are some other laser jammers on the market that use laser diode for jamming, beware of knock offs copies (Laser Star, Laser Elite) of some older generation products. AL G9 is the only laser jammer offering unsurpassed jamming performance, superior build quality using aluminum alloy casing, and the only product with detachable sensor cable designed for easier install. Most competitor's products are using less durable plastic sensor casing or heavy steel that may rust over time.
I do not want to drill holes on the dash or wire cables through the firewall. What should I do?
We offer Cheetah Wireless Fitting Kit for Antilaser G9 and Blinder X-TREME laser jammers, so the install will be much easier without complex wiring and drilling.
The Escort ZR4 Shifter offers Shift-Link capability to communicate with current Escort and Beltronics radar detectors, which can provide visual and audio alert for laser jamming. However, we recommend Antilaser G9 for better laser protection. The benefit of a more effective G9 laser jammer surpasses ZR4's ability to integrate with Beltronics and Escort radar detectors.
All major cities across Canada have red-light cameras installed to catch red-light runners at high-risk intersections. Minimum fine for running a red-light is $168.
Which cities in Canada have speed cameras?
- Calgary, Alberta
- Edmonton, Alberta
- Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Montreal, Quebec
We offer both stand-alone GPS camera detectors from Cheetah, as well as radar detectors from Escort and Beltronics.
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