Charlotte 14

news articles - Charlotte 14 News

Devices claim to deceive cameras

By: Anjanette Flowers, News 14 Carolina

Click here to Play TV report.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Speed cameras will soon be monitoring how fast people drive on some Charlotte roads.

The cameras take a picture of a speeding car’s license plate so that know where to send the $50 fine.

But some people have found a way to get around the new technology. Some Web sites are offering shields, sprays or reflectors that supposedly make license tags unreadable when the camera flashes.

Capt. Dave Haggist of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Department said that people who are caught with such a device will be penalized much more than $50.

“If anyone does anything to obscure their license plate, something an officer could readily see, that’s a violation of a statute,” Haggist said. “And of course, they will be subject to a $125 fine.”

Haggist said officers can only enforce what they see with the naked eye, however.

“They cannot enforce something where they cannot say, ‘Hey, they’re trying to conceal that tag,’” he said.

Driver Sean Tohill said he has seen the phantom plates before, but he is not convinced they actually work.

“I heard they really don’t work because they have the same thing in England, security cameras on the street corner, and they can see through everything,” Tohill said. “It’s a waste of money.”

There are thousands who disagree with Tohill and have ordered the products, which cost anywhere from $20 to $30 each.

Some drivers say it a price worth paying to avoid a $50 ticket. Others say they will skip the devices and just obey the speed limit.

“I have no reason to cover up my license plate,” driver Nancy Yemm said.

Speed cameras in Charlotte are expected to be up and running by early June. The CMPD will have 30 trained officers manning the cameras on 14 different roads. For a list of those roads, and the full legislation, click here.

Related Posts
Delaware News Journal

Delaware News Journal

License covers could cancel out red-light cameras Wilmington considers outlawing plate-obscuring devices sold on the Internet By ADAM TAYLOR Staff News

Firm steps up to the plate… Posted on Mon, Oct. 14, 2002 … to obscure car tags from cameras By

Weekly Standard News

The Weekly Standard

Inside the District’s Red Lights Red-light cameras are all over Washington–and coming to a city near you. The science behind

Winnipeg Free Press News

Winnipeg Free Press

Camera-beaters illegal Monday, January 6th, 2003 Here’s a sample of devices to thwart photo enforcement. Be warned, though: Such contraptions



Trafikmagasinet = is the name of a car program that keeps the Swedish society updated with the latest car news,

Daily Mail News

Daily Mail News

The number plate spray that claims it defeats cameras Friday July 4, 2003 From George Gordon in New York A

Washington Times News

The Washington Times

License-plate spray foils cameras By Steve Sexton THE WASHINGTON TIMES Motorists have litigated against them, fired bullets at them and

Chicago Sun Times News

Chicago Sun Times

Reflective license plate spray beats camera tickets in a flash Thursday, July 3, 2003 Hate the idea of impersonal cameras

NOTE: In some states it is unlawful to display on any vehicle a registration plate which is obscured in any manner which inhibits the proper operation of an automated red light enforcement system.Jacky Casteel, (WATE) Knoxville, Channel 6