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Washington, DC, United States, 2005/11/11 - Add this to the many other problems with inaccurate speed cameras -- vibrations from heavy trucks. Passing trucks are causing false readings that send unjust tickets to innocent motorists..
Drivers who get speeding tickets in the mail and claim they were not speeding have plenty of evidence that they may be right, according to a recent report that heavy trucks passing speed cameras cause false readings.
Motorists who receive citations they believe are in error usually just pay the fine rather than give up a day or more of work to fight what they believe is a losing battle.
"The typical driver who gets one of these speeding tickets in the mail believes it is pointless to fight because they think the judge will not listen to them. They think it is too hard to prove the automated system is making a mistake," explained Joe Scott from PhantomPlate, Inc. The company has many customers in Washington, D.C. where many of the cameras are in use.
Vibrations by heavy vehicles were found to cause the speed camera to record a false reading of passing cars and trucks buy as much as 80 mph, according to the report. The same problem was discovered in New South Wales, Austrailia, according to a report in the Lancashire Evening Post.
Speed cameras are used throughout the U.S. and many foreign countries. Officials acknowledge the problem, which they call the "shutter effect." Drivers who complain receive refunds, but there has been no effort to locate motorists who may have received a ticket in error but have not complained.
"It stands to reason that the same problem with truck vibrations is causing unjust speeding tickets here," said Scott. "The only reason there are no reports of it here is because the unsuspecting public have not complained. The number of drivers getting unjustified speeding tickets could be many thousands, or even more," said Scott.
"Drivers have lost confidence in the faulty speed camera technology and are turning to a simple method of self-defense -- PhotoBlocker spray," he added.
PhotoBlocker™ is a simple aerosol spray that when applied to a license plate does not in any way alter the appearance of the plate to the naked eye, but the flash picture from a red-light camera or speed camera makes the number on the plate unreadable.
"Drivers are tired of getting tickets they do not deserve. The cost in time and money to defend themselves is excessive, so they would rather use our spray to save money by preventing the unjust tickets. We want our roads to be safe, and we do not encourage anyone to break the law. But we know how frustrating it is to get a ticket you do not deserve," explained Scott.
The demand for cans of PhotoBlocker™ spray grows steadily every month, with sales of over 350,000 cans protecting over 1 million vehicles in 23 countries.
"We get calls, e-mails and letters from many professionals who are very happy with the effectiveness of PhotoBlocker spray. Journalists, doctors, lawyers, firefighters, teachers, and judges and police officers themselves have resorted to using PhotoBlocker spray to avoid entrapment," said Scott.
The company has a web site at with full details about the product, independent tests proving it works, and information for dealers and affiliates.