There Is A Way To Beat Police Speed Cameras

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Speed Cameras."


Explanation: Drivers have sped by, shot at and even worn monkey masks while passing speed cameras in attempts to dodge the resulting fines. But in spite of these questionable tactics, and online instructions that exist for beating police cameras, it's incredibly hard to hide from those keen mechanical eyes.

People have tried to camouflage their license plates with hairspray, plastic wrap, specialized spray formulas and license plate covers, and none have held up to MythBusters testing. For instance, don't buy the hype about specialized blockers that obscure license plates when viewed from the camera's elevated vantage point. Regardless of height, speed cameras can still read that auto ID clear as day.

Same goes for commercial spray that supposedly reflects the camera's flash back onto its lens, transforming the license plate area into a blank white rectangle. The speed camera still captures a clear image of the plate number.

In fact, the MythBusters determined that the only way to fight speed cameras was with speed itself — and lots of it. Speed camera sensors can generally detect cars traveling up to 200 miles per hour.

So, in theory, you can crank up a hot rod capable of speeds greater than 200 mph and beat the camera. Well, until you're nabbed for reckless driving and excessive speeding, that is.

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