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Spray vs. Spy: Devices Aim to Thwart Cameras

By MICHELLE HIGGINS
As quickly as police come out with new ways to nab speeders, companies are creating devices to help drivers cir- cumvent those efforts.
Now, as more cities roll out traffic-en- forcement cameras to catch lawbreakers in action, companies are peddling every- thing from reflective covers to spray-on films to make license plates unreadable when the camera flashes. “It’s like the arms race,” says Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations in Washington, D.C. “First police came up with radar, then there were radar detectors. Police came out with lasers, then companies came up with laser detectors.”

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