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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