Thursday, February 12, 2009

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but ...

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the picture may be a lie.

Many towns are turning to using cameras to capture people speeding as a way to raise cash. Maryland Students Use Speed Cameras for Revenge:

High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras as a tool to fine innocent drivers in a game, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper. Because photo enforcement devices will automatically mail out a ticket to any registered vehicle owner based solely on a photograph of a license plate, any driver could receive a ticket if someone else creates a duplicate of his license plate and drives quickly past a speed camera. The private companies that mail out the tickets often do not bother to verify whether vehicle registration information for the accused vehicle matches the photographed vehicle.

I wonder how soon a guilty party will point to this practice and claim he or she is innocent. "Really judge, it must of been someone else."

(Hat tip: Risks)

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