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Motorists Use License Concealing Technologies to Avoid Traffic Cams

savage-guilford.patch.com -- As the number of speed cameras and red light cameras on Maryland roads grows, frustrated drivers can turn to any number of technologies to avoid automated tickets

Drivers have used sprays, reflective license plate covers and even car waxes to circumvent traffic cameras, even though authorities in Maryland and other states have banned them.

The latest technology is noPhoto -- a license plate cover that uses the same mechanics built into traffic cameras to fool them, and, unlike older products, could be more difficult for the authorities to detect.

In Maryland, red light cameras were introduced in 1997 and speed cameras in 2007. Both have been unpopular with drivers, often criticized as revenue generators for cities that do little to deter accidents.

“People are looking at such creative


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2012 5:58:23 AM

thanks for posting the info on the laws, ldh.
ldheinz
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 10:43:19 AM

Check the laws where you live. In Illinois, red light cameras are not part of state law. Tickets for them do not count against your driver's license, or against your auto insurance. They exist solely as local ordinances, and have the same legal power as a parking ticket. If you get 10 of them in 2 years, the municipality can come after you for the fines, but that's all. The statute of limitations says that they expire after 2 years. If they are occasional, you can simply ignore them and they'll go away.

Here is a list of laws by state.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 12:02:54 AM

well, at least someone is smart enough to realize the situation is caused by the cameras.
ldheinz
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 10:14:09 AM

Elk Grove Village, IL removed red light cameras when they discovered that they CAUSE accidents because of the strange behavior of the cars resulted in a lot of rear end collisions.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:40:19 AM

ldh: indeed. They are trying to stop so they don't get rear ended.
ldheinz
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:09:54 AM

99% of the tickets are written to cars that do a slightly rolling stop instead of an absolutely full stop.
99dakota
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 6:33:23 AM

Unfortunately, these cameras are not going away...
honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 5:50:53 AM

some cameras go off even when the light is green. Then what?
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:02:32 AM

A couple of years ago I got a ticket for having a license plate cover when parking in the city of Chicago, which has many red light cameras. I'm glad the cop didn't notice that my license plate had expired!
remay
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 6:46:24 AM

Technology at work... maybe...
millerin
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 5:53:11 AM

it's more safe to follow road signs
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:03:34 PM

pathetic revenue-generating punks.
rjhenn
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 10:35:50 PM

So where's there any guarantee that even if you do stay under the speed limit and obey traffic laws, that the automatic cameras won't ticket you anyway?

After all, if everybody obeyed the law, cities would lose a major source of revenue.
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:18:26 AM

Why buy them? If they aren't already against the law, they soon will be.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:41:44 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 7:50:56 AM

Sounds like if you can afford to break the law it's alright.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 4:05:25 AM

Motorists Use License Concealing Technologies to Avoid Traffic Cams? As speed and stop light cameras improve, so should the ability to avoid the detecting abilities of those government revenue cameras. Sprays, license plate covers, car waxes, led lights and photo radar jammers are some of the devices used to concel your license plate from that traffic camera. But, going the speed limit and obeying the traffic laws seems like the best way to go, especially if those concealing devices are outlawed by the local government.
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This article has been an interesting tutorial. The simple solution is to always haul a load of 2x4s, a stack of large flattened boxes, etcetera just as long as a lowered tail gate on a pickup with a red flag or two attached.
CVA19
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:27:42 AM

Technology is a double-edged sword... And that's a good thing.
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For every action there is a reaction.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:08:24 AM

Say no to plate covers.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:04:03 AM

ok
rahcat
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:02:14 AM

Always a way to get around something.
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:57:24 PM

Hmm
carloco75
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:55:50 PM

Blah Blah...

[Edited by: carloco75 at 11/11/2012 12:00:26 AM EST]
Shakleelady31
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:54:57 PM

Interesting.
30mpg80
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:51:23 PM

Seems like a lot of trouble to get around obeying the law
Wanda127
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:51:05 PM

Maybe they will have to go back to actually having a cop at the lights to give out tickets.
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:48:41 PM

trust me they'll change the laws so revenue does not dry up
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:45:05 PM

Funny comment, tea tiger!
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:32:59 PM

excellent
angel4me
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:32:17 PM

expect anything less in this technology world????
Blue48
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:32:03 PM

PRETTY SNEAKY!
hpmossii
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:31:54 PM

wouldn't it be easier to simply obey the traffic laws!?!
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:31:37 PM

It's just another cash grab.
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:31:13 PM

This is interesting
camel1
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:30:33 PM

avoidance tactics have all ways been invented to avoid detection by unpopular or unfair means
us4usa
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:29:36 PM

Need to outlaw all the cops on the roads, because they are trying to stop ME from speeding and I want the because I'm above the law...

But if they will not remove the cameras, maybe they should set them to flash only over 100 mph, because I only like to drive at 90 mph never 100...

And we need to outlaw the cameras at the banks, because sometimes I need more money and I do not want the cops to see ME...And if we can not remove all the speeding cameras, can someone tell my boss to let ME show up late every day... Because I never leave the house then I should...
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:26:17 PM

Hmmmmmm... Glad I don't live where Big Brother is watching...
serrog
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:24:19 PM

Always a way foe cheaters to thrive
DCbeachbum
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:22:23 PM

Good for Maryland. These cameras are put in place to find offenders of our traffic laws. Who knows if enough tickets make some drivers abide by the law, it may save a life.
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:20:40 PM

What's next?
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:19:18 PM

OUUUUOOPS!
mamabeck
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:15:00 PM

If drivers obeyed laws, there would be no need to have to use all of these things. Stop signs, red lights, and speed limits are all there for all of our safety. Sad that people are doing this. If they were the one who had the right of way and some jerk blew through a red light and t-boned them, I bet they'd never have to worry about finding ways to trick red light cameras again. That is if they or others in their car survived the impact. Sorry, but having worked in the ER & seen horrific injuries & more from car wrecks, you may all feel this way.
Darwin00
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:12:36 PM

ntersting and a little funny.
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:12:32 PM

Creative
jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:12:09 PM

Traffic cameras would not be so controversial if they were used only to catch real law breakers. When coupled with short-cycle lights and similar effects they amount to entrapment to raise revenue. The sad thing is that most of the revenue goes to the company that runs the camera system, not to the city or state. If you use a pickup truck, drive with the tailgate down, then the rear plate is not visible from a high angle.

And thanks Goofoff, we all wanted to know that.

letterchunker
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:10:18 PM

Unless you are breaking the law, it really should matter whether cameras are being used.
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:09:15 PM

I have read this article
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:09:15 PM

Always ways around
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Okay
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