Monday, December 22, 2008

Why Cameras Don't Always Work

This article Linked from Say Anything points out why even though it might be cheaper to run cameras, the chance for abuse is always there.

As a prank, students from local high schools have been taking advantage of the county's Speed Camera Program in order to exact revenge on people who they believe have wronged them in the past, including other students and even teachers.
Students from Richard Montgomery High School dubbed the prank the Speed Camera "Pimping" game, according to a parent of a student enrolled at one of the high schools.
Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplicate the license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that "mimic" those on Maryland license plates. They tape the duplicate plate over the existing plate on the back of their car and purposefully speed through a speed camera, the parent said. The victim then receives a citation in the mail days later.
Students are even obtaining vehicles from their friends that are similar or identical to the make and model of the car owned by the targeted victim, according to the parent.

But what do I know right? Obviously if the camera catches you, you MUST be guilty. I wonder how long it will be before people use this to get rid of traffic camera tickets (which does not sound so terrible to me).

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