…or at least, a way to fight back against them. And why would you want to do that, you ask? Aren’t these cameras placed there to increase the security of drivers, of the passengers in vehicles on the roads, etc. etc?
Well… yes. However, several studies, both private and public, have concluded that they do not, in fact, reduce risk or number of accidents. In fact, the number of accidents, in many cases, will increase, but the type of accident will shift from side impact accidents, to rear and head-on accidents. Red light cameras will make drivers stop, thus decreasing side impact accidents, but they will also slam on their brakes or swerve to avoid the camera, either hitting someone else from the rear or coming into oncoming traffic, either trying to avoid the camera or the car that just slammed on its brakes right in front of them.
Speed cameras, by the way, cause the same problems. Obviously.
Many, many drivers have won law suits against states and municipalities, in several countries, contending that cameras and hardware are faulty, poorly maintained and simply dangerous. Red light cameras will snap photos on right hand turns (US only), speed camera measurements are constantly questioned and the systems are mostly already outdated. Up until now, though, there hasn’t been a way to fight back, at least not a seemingly legal way (we haven’t dug into that very far yet).
Now, there’s noPhoto.
All ya’ll should check this out. Flash detection, coupled with countermeasure deployment, all built in behind and around your license plates. It doesn’t get much cooler than this.
Of course… you should only use this for “privacy” reasons… since installing such things for the purpose of thwarting traffic control devices isn’t legal. That applies everywhere, at least as far as we’ve looked. So be careful.
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