12/21/2008

How to give Your Enemies speeding tickets

Some pretty imaginative students in Maryland:

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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Blogger Hyunchback said...

Well that was to be expected.

By automating a process which is punitive the system is ripe for abuse.

One can not foresee every unintended consequence so it should be easier to say "no" to changes that take human judgment away.

12/21/2008 11:39 PM  
Blogger 1 said...

Oh my this is funny!

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...

Clever little bastards...:-)

Thanks for posting it...

12/22/2008 3:24 AM  
Blogger John A said...

Query: what happens now - how does someone get a fine dropped. or - as it is even if you can prove someone else was driving - do the fines stand against the "registered owner" of potentially fake registration plates?

12/22/2008 1:05 PM  
Blogger Flock of One said...

In my state (OR) the citation cannot even be issued without a photo of the driver that is easily identifiable.

12/22/2008 3:30 PM  

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