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License-plate spray foils traffic cameras

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  • Billy-Joe..Mauldin
    I would not pay 29.95 to avoid going to court and making clowns out of the Prosecutor and Cops!! All you have to do is demand to put your accuser on the stand.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 3, 2003
      I would not pay 29.95 to avoid going to court and making clowns out of the Prosecutor and Cops!! 
       
      All you have to do is demand to put your accuser on the stand.  Your accuser is not the Police, it is the camera and all any living person says is HEARSAY!!!  They can't possibly know anything but what the camera "tells" them!!
       
      It not only works for camera's, it also works for Radar"!
       
      Furthermore, demand that "they" produce a damaged party.  They are operating under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and section 1-103.6 requires that the code be construed so as to conform to the Common Law and Common Law says that unless you have damaged someone or committed a tort or trespass against a live, flesh-and-blood, human being, you have broken no law!
       
      Billy-Joe  Mauldin   
       
      License-plate spray foils traffic cameras

      It has nothing to do with safety and everything to do about making money!
       
      "The District has collected $21.6 million in fines since August 1999 from its 39 red-light cameras. An additional $29 million has been collected from  speed cameras since their installation in August 2001."
       
      "The spray might slip through a loophole in state law, said Steve Kholer, a  spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, who said he had not heard of the product. Citations in California can cost up to $275.   If the spray becomes a problem, Mr. Kholer said, the law will catch up with  it."
       
      Sounds like a "great way to protect your front license plate from dust, dirt and bugs" to me.
       
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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "spiker" 
      Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 4:20 PM
      Subject: License-plate spray foils traffic cameras

      Source:
      THE WASHINGTON TIMES
      http://www.washtimes.com/

      License-plate spray foils traffic cameras
      http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030703-120901-3612r.htm

      By Steve Sexton

      Motorists have litigated against them, fired bullets at them and thrown  garbage on them - all to get back at the traffic cameras that have caught  them in the act of running a red light or speeding.
       
      Now they have a new weapon in their arsenal, and it comes in a can for  $29.99. A clear spray called Photoblocker can be applied to license plates  to make them hyper-reflective and unreadable when the camera flashes.
       
      The product, marketed by online merchant Phantom Plate (www.phantomplate.com),  defies laws that preclude motorists from placing  covers over their license plates but have no provisions for a clear spray.
       
      Joe Scott, the marketing director for Photoblocker, said he knows of no jurisdictions that ban the spray. Most states have laws against obscuring or distorting license plates, but Photoblocker obscures the license plate only in a photo, Mr. Scott said, making it legal or at least difficult for  police to detect with the naked eye.
       
      Capt. John Lamb of the Denver Police Department said a test of the spray proved effective at producing a glare over the license plate.
       
      The District, Maryland and Virginia all have laws permitting the use of  red-light cameras, and the Federal Highway Administration says 21 states have red-light or speed-detection cameras in place or are considering installing the devices.
       
      Lt. Patrick Burke of the Metropolitan Police Department said the spray isn't banned by any laws in the District, but he has yet to see a spray that is effective.
       
      The spray might slip through a loophole in state law, said Steve Kholer, a  spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, who said he had not heard of the product. Citations in California can cost up to $275.
       
      If the spray becomes a problem, Mr. Kholer said, the law will catch up with  it.
       
      Critics of traffic cameras say the devices violate privacy and enforce unfairly.
       
      Mr. Scott says use of the cameras constitutes entrapment.
       
      "Decent folks - law-abiding citizens - are getting penalized left and right for clearing intersections a little too late, or entering and then backing up," he said, adding that one client reported being ticketed for a red-light violation when he was part of a police-escorted funeral procession.
       
      He said thousands of cans of Photoblocker have been sold.
       
      "The cameras were put in place just to raise revenue and not to make things safer," Mr. Scott said.
       
      The District has collected $21.6 million in fines since August 1999 from its 39 red-light cameras. An additional $29 million has been collected from speed cameras since their installation in August 2001.
       
      Roy Reyer, a former police officer, operates PhotoBuster.com, a Web site that distributes a product similar to Photoblocker called Photo Fog. He said anger with the "Big Brother attitude" of governments has fueled the innovation.
       
      Clear license plate covers preceded the spray. They deflect light to make plates unreadable from the side and from above, but not from directly  behind a car. Some jurisdictions that employ the camera-enforcement  technology have banned these products.
       
      That hasn't stopped Phantom Plate and other distributors from selling the covers. Clear Covers advertises them online as a "great way to protect your front license plate from dust, dirt and bugs."
       
      In a game of innovation to stay ahead of traffic enforcement, the market  has produced radar detectors and radar jammers - now banned in some states  - as well as a license plate cover that deflects police radar.
       
      Motorists aren't the only ones with clever tricks. Paradise Valley, Ariz.,  considered hiding its radar cameras in cactus plants along roadways, the  Weekly Standard reported. Outrage from residents forced officials to reconsider.
       

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