Monday, October 11, 2004, 2004 12:00 a.m.
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Washington - Unsuspecting victims of the
“Candid Camera” television show smile when they are caught, but these
victims of hidden traffic cameras have nothing to smile about.
Motorists sent tickets by mail for traffic
violations along with a photo of their vehicle say it is more like “big
brother is watching” than “Candid Camera.” Critics say the need for added
revenue has motivated municipalities all around the world to purchase
automated photo radar units that take pictures of speeding cars without
the need for an officer to operate the unit.
More and more drivers are claiming that they are getting
tickets unfairly because they were not actually speeding, or going through
a red light. They claim the camera is not functioning correctly.
Despite faulty cameras that have cost municipalities millions in damages,
most departments are undaunted by the complaints, and they continue
to put more of the units into use. Although they claim they are motivated
by safety and not revenue, it is hard for disaffected motorists to see it
PhotoBlocker (tm) spray, available at local auto supply stores and
on-line, provides motorists a simple form of defense against faulty
PhotoBlocker (tm) is easily sprayed on a license plate. It works on plates
from any state or any country. The spray appears clear to the naked eye,
so the registration plate can be seen clearly. However,
when a photo radar camera takes a flash picture of the plate the spray
causes a bright reflection making the registration number too difficult to
“When they can’t see your plate they can’t send you a ticket in the mail,”
explains Joe Scott, marketing director for PhantomPlate, Inc., the firm
that makes PhotoBlocker (tm).
The spray is not intended to enable people to run traffic lights and break
speed limits. It does enable law abiding drivers who are unfairly ticketed
to have a way to prevent those unjustified tickets.
“An officer has the ability to use his human judgment and evaluate
whether a ticket is justified for someone who may be showing up on radar
just a small amount over the limit. The officer knows that a speedometer
may be slightly off, the radar unit may be slightly off, and so he targets
the speeders who are excessively over the limit and a genuine danger to us
all,” said Scott.
A computerized traffic camera just takes pictures and sends out tickets.
It not only lacks human good sense, it can easily malfunction.
Numerous tests by news organizations show
PhotoBlocker to be effective in preventing a Photo Radar image from being
legible. At the present time there are no specific laws against the spray.
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