[ISN] Local teens claim pranks on county's Speed Cams

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Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 03:27:36 -0600 (CST)

WEB EXCLUSIVE -- Local teens claim pranks on county's Speed Cams

By Joe Slaninka
Special to the Sentinel

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.

"This game is very disturbing," the parent said. "Especially since 
unsuspecting parents will also be victimized through receipt of 
unwarranted photo speed tickets.

The parent said that "our civil rights are exploited," and the entire 
premise behind the Speed Camera Program is called into question as a 
result of the growing this fad among students.


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