Hi, I've been looking into buy some Veil so that if my radar/laser detector (Bel Vector 955) goes off from a laser, it may buy me a few extra seconds (laser jammers are illegal in Utah). They say that at 500 feet away, a laser is 18 inches across, at 1000 feet away it's 36 inches across. So in determining how far away the laser detector can be, do you just half that (take the radius) and measure that from halfway inside the license plate to the detector?
For example, if I want it to go off when targeted from 500 feet away, instead of measuring 18" I would take a yard stick and measure half of that at 9" and start at the middle of the license plate and see if it reaches my laser detector? I take it that the police officer won't target the area inbetween the license plate and my detector, so that's why I wouldn't measure 18"?
Is that how it usually works when detectors go off? Does much deflect off and stray pieces of the laser come up and hit the detector? How do you guys usually determine if there's too much distance between your detector and the surfaces of your vehicle that traffic enforcement may target?