Monday, December 22, 2008

Speed Camera Prank

Has someone gotten on your bad side lately? Looking for that special prank to really get them back? Why not try printing a copy of their license plates, attaching it to a similar car, then purposely speeding past a camera speed trap. If all goes according to plan, the target will get a speeding ticket in the mail. Of course, this is likely highly illegal and if all does not go according to plan you may end up getting a special visit from some cops.

This simple prank may derail camera speed traps. It seems that it will at least make enforcement against people who fight the ticket much more difficult. I will definitely keep an eye on this to see how things progress.

"As a prank, students from local high schools have been taking advantage of the county's Speed Camera Program in order to exact revenge on people who they believe have wronged them in the past, including other students and even teachers.

Students from Richard Montgomery High School dubbed the prank the Speed Camera "Pimping" game, according to a parent of a student enrolled at one of the high schools.

Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplicate the license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that "mimic" those on Maryland license plates. They tape the duplicate plate over the existing plate on the back of their car and purposefully speed through a speed camera, the parent said. The victim then receives a citation in the mail days later.

Students are even obtaining vehicles from their friends that are similar or identical to the make and model of the car owned by the targeted victim, according to the parent.

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