Motorists are all too well aware of the presence of traffic speed cameras and red light cameras at intersections. These unmanned, automated cameras, as many citizens have found to their dismay, are programmed to capture registration numbers and issue tickets even though there is no violation. What smart motorists do is they slow down appreciably, well below the specified limit to ensure they are not caught violating the speed trap. At red light cameras they slow down and stop as the light turns yellow and then red. It is no surprise that some areas, where such cameras have been installed, report a sizeable downturn in their revenues and companies that have installed such cameras are incurring huge losses. Speed cameras may have served the purpose: there is a fear factor.
The reason to be afraid is simple. There have been reported cases of these speed cameras being rigged to capture even non-violators and issue tickets for revenue purposes. No one wants to be a victim of such cameras. Smarter people not only stay well within speed limits but they also take extra measures to keep themselves from becoming a victim of Phantom Tag Protector speeding cameras.
This is achieved by the simple expedient of fitting a transparent license plate cover with a micro bubbled or prismatic surface. When viewed from front at eye level, the plate cover is virtually undetectable and allows clear reading of the numbers. When viewed at oblique angles from the side or above, the textured surface partially obscures the number. If a speed camera cannot record the number then it cannot be matched in the data base and a driver stays safe because a ticket cannot be issued.
A word of warning though. Not all such license plate covers are equal. Some are not of the right size. Some are made of materials that yellow within 6 months of installation and lose effectiveness besides being quite noticeable. In such cases it is easy for police to stop the driver and issue a ticket. The right license plate cover is made of UV resistant acrylic that fits the license plate perfectly and does not stand out. It is practically “invisible” and stays that way for years, making it a good investment. For only a few dollars investment in such covers one can avoid being ticketed and having to pay fines of hundreds of dollars.
Is it legal? According to law the license plate must be legible when viewed from the front at eye level. This type of cover allows perfect readability when viewed from the correct angle. It only obscures the number partially when viewed from oblique angles of 110 degrees so they may strictly not contravene any laws. It is a known fact that speed cameras are rigged to trap unwary drivers and issue tickets even though there is no violation. Why become a victim? Stay safe with protective covers while being fully compliant with local traffic laws. One must remember that appeals against such tickets are virtually useless. It is better that the tickets are not issued in the first place and smart covers help you stay safe.