At the tail end of the car series…
Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplic ate 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. (“Local teens claim pranks on county’s Speed Cams,” Montgomery (Maryland) County Sentinel)
Eric Rescorla makes some inferences about what happens when you try this:
However, if people are actually getting tickets when you do this, then this reveals some pretty lame procedures by whoever’s running the photo radar system, since presumably the photo of the driver doesn’t match whatever the driver’s license photo of the person you’re issuing the ticket to, and of course the car model probably doesn’t match either.
My educated guess would be it’s easier to bill people and see who argues than check every license plate.
PS: Fonts from certain websites? Try Googling license plate image generator, which is where I found ImageChef to make the image shown. this site has a nicer collection of templates.
PS: Sorry, Eric, couldn’t resist!