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Plastic Strip Shields License Plates From Traffic Cameras
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC) ^ | July 15, 2002 | Kamal Wallace, Staff Writer

Posted on 07/15/2002 11:23:54 AM PDT by Constitution Day

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:55:44 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Too many people in Fayetteville tried to race through intersections before the traffic light turned red, so the city installed cameras to nab red light runners. The traffic cameras are coming soon to Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill (also in Rocky Mount - CD). But, before some cameras are up, there is a way around them.


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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: northcarolina; oldnorthstate; photoradar; redlightcameras; unhelpful
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1 posted on 07/15/2002 11:23:54 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Darth Sidious
PING!
2 posted on 07/15/2002 11:24:26 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Capitalism.....
3 posted on 07/15/2002 11:24:56 AM PDT by isthisnickcool
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To: Constitution Day
Is this for real? I remeber a couple of threads which said that sort of thing was bogus.
4 posted on 07/15/2002 11:25:06 AM PDT by KantianBurke
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To: *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; mykdsmom; callisto; Lee'sGhost; RightOnline; ...
NC ping!
FRmail me if you want on or off this NC ping list.
5 posted on 07/15/2002 11:25:24 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: KantianBurke
I don't really know for sure... sorry.
6 posted on 07/15/2002 11:26:37 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Click here
7 posted on 07/15/2002 11:29:12 AM PDT by RoughDobermann
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To: Constitution Day
Hensley checked the law and said "The Eliminator" is not illegal in North Carolina.... yet!

I didn't leave the Republican Party, the Republicans left me.

8 posted on 07/15/2002 11:29:29 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Constitution Day
Where can I get one?
9 posted on 07/15/2002 11:29:48 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: KantianBurke
It's real, and it's actually pretty simple. It's made of a series of louvre-like plastic tabs that allow your license plate to be seen from directly behind the vehicle, but makes it impossible for the plate to be read from a point above the vehicle and off to one side (where red-light cameras are typically placed).
10 posted on 07/15/2002 11:30:54 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: Constitution Day
For every government action, there is an equal and opposite popular reaction.
11 posted on 07/15/2002 11:31:23 AM PDT by Junior
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To: Constitution Day
Wonder if I should amend my "Big Brother" sign to include the Eliminator's web address? :-)
12 posted on 07/15/2002 11:31:26 AM PDT by Darth Sidious
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To: Constitution Day
It'll be illegal soon. NC jumped all over "The Urinator", so "The Eliminator" is sure to follow.
13 posted on 07/15/2002 11:33:07 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: goldstategop
Over 65, 000 Eliminators sold worldwide since 1988.
14 posted on 07/15/2002 11:34:06 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: goldstategop
From the website. Click on the link.

However, you would send a more powerful message if you bought a high powered air rifle and took out a few cameras.....
15 posted on 07/15/2002 11:34:11 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
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To: KantianBurke
I also recall seeing tests that say it doesn't work. Not sure. I think they were saying the angle isn't enough because the cameras wait until the car is almost parallel with the lens.
16 posted on 07/15/2002 11:35:01 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: KantianBurke
It is real but according to NC state law anything you do to obscure your plates even if it is from an angle is illegal.
17 posted on 07/15/2002 11:35:30 AM PDT by Gaston
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To: Darth Sidious
Heh heh.

You were really out front here in NC on this issue, Darth.
I don't make it a habit to run red lights, but I want one of these on general principles.

18 posted on 07/15/2002 11:35:39 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
"I tried to tell folks that this law was easily skirted and that it was only being used to raise money," Hensley said. "It's just a hidden tax on the populous [sic]. It doesn't have anything to do with safety although people think it does."

As a friend of someone who was speared at an intersection by someone trying to “stretch a light”, I would have to disagree with the honorable legislator. In an accident like this, the more injured victim is usually the person who’s light has just turned green and is pulling into an intersection and takes the full brunt of impact on the driver side door.

I’ve got another safer, cheaper alternative- How about not running red lights? As an added bonus you might be able to avoid the guilt of condemning an otherwise healthy person into a premature geriatric state…

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

19 posted on 07/15/2002 11:35:52 AM PDT by South Hawthorne
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To: Wolfie
Actually that was SC that jumped on the guy selling the urine kits...
20 posted on 07/15/2002 11:37:07 AM PDT by PJeffQ
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To: Constitution Day
Former City Councilman Mark Scruggs spearheaded Raleigh's traffic camera ordinance.

A republican if anyone didnt know. He quite after last session and was replaced by lawyer Phillip Isley. Also a republican.

21 posted on 07/15/2002 11:38:48 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: Owl_Eagle
A lot of these cities that implement the cameras also shorten the time between yellow and red to generate more revenue. A slower yellow light is probably the best way to save lives.
22 posted on 07/15/2002 11:39:31 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: Owl_Eagle
I take it you have not read all the recent stories about cameras that were "accidently" misprogrammed to ticket people who were not running red lights.

When you get one of these tickets you have no way of knowing what the color of the light was when the picture was taken.

23 posted on 07/15/2002 11:40:42 AM PDT by chaosagent
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To: PJeffQ; Wolfie
Actually that was SC that jumped on the guy selling the urine kits...

Not just SC, now NC as well:
NC State Senate Debating Bill Making It Illegal To Defraud Drug Tests

24 posted on 07/15/2002 11:40:56 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: PJeffQ
Actually that was SC that jumped on the guy selling the urine kits...

After being run out of SC the guy moved to NC and resumed business, where he was again stopped.

25 posted on 07/15/2002 11:41:02 AM PDT by Gaston
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To: Blood of Tyrants
However, you would send a more powerful message if you bought a high powered air rifle and took out a few cameras.....

Better yet, take out those responsible for installing them and providing them.

26 posted on 07/15/2002 11:41:17 AM PDT by unixfox
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To: Constitution Day
Former City Councilman Mark Scruggs spearheaded Raleigh's traffic camera ordinance. "What they need to recognize is that this is a company trying to make a profit on the backs of the public safety of our citizens, and it shouldn't be accepted. The attorney general should take a hard look at it," he said.

Is he talking about the plate-covering company or the red-light camera company?

27 posted on 07/15/2002 11:42:09 AM PDT by Darth Sidious
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To: Blood of Tyrants
However, you would send a more powerful message if you bought a high powered air rifle and took out a few cameras.....

Believe it or not, most of those cameras were intentionally designed to be bulletproof from airguns and small calibre firearms.

28 posted on 07/15/2002 11:42:32 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Darth Sidious
The plate-covering company, of course.
29 posted on 07/15/2002 11:43:53 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Rep. Bob Hensley, D-Wake, tried to block red light camera legislation

Just one more example of how state level Democrats in the South don't necessarily follow the DNC's line. Sure this guy might have some liberal points, but just imagine what Giddy would say if they asked her about stoplight cameras

30 posted on 07/15/2002 11:44:00 AM PDT by billbears
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To: Owl_Eagle
Point well taken.
31 posted on 07/15/2002 11:44:15 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Gaston
He's not the only one out there...

Photobuster!

32 posted on 07/15/2002 11:44:42 AM PDT by RoughDobermann
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To: Constitution Day
I was told by a nephew that a local sheriff deputy stopped him and told him to remove just a plactic covering he had over his license plate. The deputy said the 'glare' could prevent the plate from being readable at times.

See a lot of those around...

33 posted on 07/15/2002 11:44:50 AM PDT by RCW2001
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To: Darth Sidious; Constitution Day
Former City Councilman Mark Scruggs spearheaded Raleigh's traffic camera ordinance

Remind me next time I see this absolute idiot Mark Scruggs to personally thank him.

34 posted on 07/15/2002 11:46:12 AM PDT by billbears
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To: Drew68
Paintball gun.
35 posted on 07/15/2002 11:47:12 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: KantianBurke
>> Is this for real? I remeber a couple of threads which said that sort of thing was bogus.<<

That thing could EASILY be manufactured. Just like the computer-screen blockers. No problem, and brilliant, IMHO.

36 posted on 07/15/2002 11:48:14 AM PDT by SerpentDove
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To: Blood of Tyrants
You can take out the cameras w/a .22 right into the lens. Of course, you have to be wearing a costume at the time because the lens IS taking your picture..
37 posted on 07/15/2002 11:48:32 AM PDT by ninenot
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To: RoughDobermann
Wonder if that Photo Fog works like they say it does?
38 posted on 07/15/2002 11:49:02 AM PDT by billbears
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To: chaosagent
I take it you have not read all the recent stories about cameras that were "accidently" misprogrammed to ticket people who were not running red lights.

I’d rather spend an hour in traffic court pointing out the lack of recent calibration than have another friend go through the agony of an accident like that.

There are two intersections behind my home and we used to have at least one accident a week at one or the other. It was almost universally due to people stretching lights. The streets dept. tried everything to stop this, new traffic lights, 7 am to 6 pm crossing guards, a white strobe behind the red, changing light timing, even the re-scaping of both corners. Nothing worked. Finally, the cameras were installed and after a month or two we saw our last accident. That was about six months ago.

Based on that, I’d say they work.

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

39 posted on 07/15/2002 11:49:02 AM PDT by South Hawthorne
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To: Sir Gawain
A slower yellow light is probably the best way to save lives.

To a point. If you make it too long, though, you encourage people to try to "beat" the light, and hence they speed up like maniacs when they see it. That's not going to save any lives.

40 posted on 07/15/2002 11:52:23 AM PDT by traditionalist
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To: Owl_Eagle
"of impact on the driver side door. "

Anyone familiar with this "T-bone" accident knows what a killer it is -- Always look both way before pulling out at the 'green' , and please don't run the 'pink' lite !

41 posted on 07/15/2002 11:54:36 AM PDT by Crowcreek
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To: Junior
For every government action, there is an equal and opposite popular reaction.

I love it.

42 posted on 07/15/2002 11:54:55 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: isthisnickcool
Capitalism.....

...always works!

43 posted on 07/15/2002 11:55:04 AM PDT by TankerKC
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To: Constitution Day
When plastic is outlawed, only outlaws will have plastic.
44 posted on 07/15/2002 11:55:09 AM PDT by Redcloak
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To: rdavis84
neat idea. wonder who has the patent on this?
45 posted on 07/15/2002 11:56:15 AM PDT by thinden
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To: Sir Gawain
Paintball gun.

Hmm... Good idea. Sure the paint would wash off in the rain but this would only require that you sharpen your marksmanship skills once a week or so. Furthermore, if caught, you couldn't be charged with willful destruction of property as you didn't damage anything!

46 posted on 07/15/2002 11:56:16 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Phantom Lord
Thanks, I didn't know that.
47 posted on 07/15/2002 11:59:21 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Sir Gawain
A lot of these cities that implement the cameras also shorten the time between yellow and red to generate more revenue. A slower yellow light is probably the best way to save lives.

This has been documented. Longer yellows save lives. Unfortunately, they decrease revenue. Hence shorter yellows and red light cameras.

48 posted on 07/15/2002 11:59:46 AM PDT by Henrietta
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To: Constitution Day
Hes a nice guy. Owns Briggs Hardware over by Six Forks and Wake Forest road.
49 posted on 07/15/2002 12:01:11 PM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: billbears
Sure this guy might have some liberal points, but just imagine what Giddy would say if they asked her about stoplight cameras

Bill, I'm starting to think you have a little crush on ol' Liddy.

Come on, admit it.
You just want to give her a big smooch. =)

50 posted on 07/15/2002 12:01:27 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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