Leave it to high school students to find and exploit the weakness in any new technology. Some Maryland high school students have found a way to trick the local speed cameras into sending other people tickets. It’s actually amazingly simple.
Students are calling it the Speed Camera “Pimping” game. They just print up a copy of another persons license plate on high gloss photo paper, using the correct “license plate” font, and tape the copy over their existing plate. Then they just speed past the camera and the police department does the rest. A few days later, the victim gets a $40 ticket in the mail, which they have to either pay, or spend time and money to fight. Some students are even borrowing cars of similar make and models to be more convincing. Is this a good thing or a bad thing in the long run?:
Speed cameras are already on shaky ground in this country. Now some teenagers are showing that they can trick them with a sheet of photo paper? Hopefully this will be a wake up call, at least for the people in Maryland. Speed cameras just don’t work, plus they’re lame.
“I hope the public at large will complain loudly enough that local Montgomery County government officials will change their policy of using these cameras for monetary gain,” one parent said. “The practice of sending speeding tickets to faceless recipients without any type of verification is unwarranted and an exploitation of our rights.” Well said, nameless parent.