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Speed cameras as a pranking tool

Posted Sunday, December 21, 2008, at 6:01 PM

A newspaper in Montgomery County, Md., has a story about teenagers there using automatic speed enforcement cameras to prank people. The teens would make a forged paper license tag bearing the victim's number, affix it to the back of a car, then deliberately speed past one of the cameras in order to get a speeding ticket sent to the innocent victim. Here's a link to the story:

http://www.thesentinel.com/3027306707904...

If I understand the proposal for stop light enforcement cameras, they operate on the same principle. Could they be used for the same type of prank? Would that affect public confidence in such a system?


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I wonder if the police match the car to the license before ticketing. Of course, if the pranksters did both, then.....

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 7:46 AM

According to the story, the pranksters did, in fact, sometimes choose a car that would look like the victim's car.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 8:04 AM

Watch the hooligans send a dozen clones of the chief of police or mayor's cars past cameras in different locales all at the same time.

I expect that,any day now,some cop show will have a crook hide his identity,set up an innocent victim or provide himself an alibi by using just such false license plates.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 5:57 PM

Steve - I believe the company that "rents" these things to the city issues the tickets. And I would be willing to bet (figure if speech, officer) that they don't bother to look into that until after the victim has proven that they weren't on the road at that time.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 7:43 PM


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