“Easy laser jamming integration for your existing Escort or Beltronics product” – Radar Roy 2010
Just plug in the ZR 4 control box into your Bel or Escort radar detector for full integration
Updated: October 3, 2010
Top Reasons to Consider the Escort ZR4 Shifter Laser Jamming System
Two front and one rear license plate mounted laser jamming heads
Remote mute/manual receive
Plug in installation using modular connections, easily integrates with your existing Beltronics or Escort radar detector.
Auto brightness control
Frequently Asked Questions about the Escort ZR4
How easy is it to install the ZR4 and can I move it from vehicle to vehicle? On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate installation at a 7. I would recommend that you have had experience installing other 12 volt automotive devices such as car stereos or a CB radio. If you do not feel qualified to install the unit I would recommend contacting your local Best Buy store or other independent 12 volt installer and obtain quotes.
Installation typically takes a few hours, so I wouldn’t recommend moving it from car to car.
Is the Shifter ZR4 eye safe? Yes.
My radar detector says it detects laser so why would I need a laser jammer? “When you’re shot your got” Laser is instant, if you don’t have a laser jammer and your laser detector goes off and your speeding the officer has already clocked your speed, just pull over. And in most cases, your radar detector will never alert to a police laser gun. At 500 feet the width of the laser beam is only 18” inches and police officers are trained to shoot the most reflective parts of your car which are the front license plate and your headlamps. Typically your radar detector will be outside this window of the laser beam and will only activate if there is “splatter” from the officers laser gun.
Do I need laser jammers for the front of my car and the rear? Nationally, 97% of all police laser attacks are aimed at the front of your car. The only region that I am aware of that focuses on rear laser traps are the Dallas Forth Worth area, where they shoot laser from overpasses. Are you taking a risk by not having rear protection, yes but unless you live or drive around the DFW area, the odds are in your favor.
I have a full size SUV/Pickup; will the ZR4 be sufficient to protect the front of my vehicle? No, I would recommend either the Blinder M47 or the dual head Laser Interceptor.
Is Laser Jamming Legal? Unlike radar jamming which is illegal in the US and carries hefty fines levied by the Federal Communications Commission, there is no federal law prohibiting laser jamming. In fact laser is not regulated by the FCC but by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). However there are states that do have laws that prohibit jamming of police laser guns, these states include: South Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota, Utah, California, Oklahoma, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois and Washington DC.
I live in a state where laser jamming is illegal what can I do? In my entire 15 year career in the speed counter measurement industry I have only heard of one instance where someone was issued a citation for operating a laser jammer and that was from a motorist in California. Now I’m not recommending that you break any laws, but here is a thought. If you’re driving in a state where laser jamming is illegal and your laser jammers active, slow down and turn the unit off or purchase the optional passive mode switch for the LI. That way as you approach the officer you will be at the speed limit and the officer will be able to get a speed reading on your car. I also recommend that you use this same practice when driving in states where laser jamming is legal.
What are some of the top states that use police laser enforcement? California, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Ohio are the big states. Laser enforcement is growing in popularity each day, if laser is not in your community yet, it will be soon.
Potential Issues with the Escort ZR4 Shifter Laser Jamming System
If your ZR4 requires firmware updates you will have to disassemble your system and mail it back to Escort. Both the Blinder and Laser Interceptor allow you to update their firmware by downloading their software and installing it onto their laser jammers.
My Bottom Line Recommendation for the Escort ZR4 Laser Jamming System
The only advantage of the ZR4 system over either the Blinder M27/M47 and the Laser Interceptor is that the ZR4 can integrate easily with your existing Beltronics or Escort radar detector.
This Based upon my 20 years in law enforcement as a certified police radar instructor and 15 years being involved in the speed counter measurement industry.
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