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SKAMPOE
01-05-2009, 01:13 AM
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.

The Speed Camera Program was implemented in March of this year and used for the purpose of reducing traffic and pedestrian collisions in the county. Cameras are located in residential areas and school zones where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or lower. A $40 citation is mailed to the owner of the car for violating the speed limit in these areas.

The Montgomery County Police said they have not seen or heard of this prank occurring but said they will keep an eye out for people committing the crime.

"I hope the public at large will complain loudly enough that local Montgomery County government officials will change their policy of using these cameras for monetary gain," the parent said. "The practice of sending speeding tickets to faceless recipients without any type of verification is unwarranted and an exploitation of our rights."

Edward Owusu, Assistant Principal at Wootton High School, said that he heard of local students pulling the prank when the school received a call from a parent informing them of its occurrence. "I have not heard of this happening among students at Wootton," Osuwu said. "It is unfortunate that kids have a lot of time on their hands that they can think of doing such a thing."

Montgomery County Council President Phil Andrews said that the issue is troubling in several respects. "I am concerned that someone could get hurt, first of all, because they are speeding in areas where they know speeding is a problem," he said.

Andrews also said that this could hurt the integrity of the Speed Camera Program. "It will cause potential problems for the Speed Camera Program in terms of the confidence in it," he said.

He said he is glad someone caught it before it becomes more widespread and he said he hopes that the word get out to the people participating in this that there will be consequences.

Crackhead Bob
01-05-2009, 03:21 AM
16 lines

hectis
01-05-2009, 03:29 AM
16 lines

huh?

Tyler Durden
01-05-2009, 03:32 AM
Good fucking idea that.

Ive got one of the most common cars in the north of england.
I might use this

food for thought
01-05-2009, 03:50 AM
haahhaha good ideas

in High School, we use to clown this homie, Kenny, we had that always use to go out back to smoke cigarettes while everybody else gathered to smoke weed lol. we use to clown how he would fein for ciggerrettes while we feined for weed lol.

anyways, lol my boy was telling me how kenny and a white boy got a ticket in the mail for running a red light. the light had one of them cameras on them that take pictures of your plate and send you your ticket. s our two friends got their tickets in the mail with a pic in the envelope(to prove they have u on camera) and sure as hell, the homie kenny was smoking a ciggeretee in the picutre LOL with his mexican ass the shit was hilarious !!

i just felt like i had to share that real quick and i been drinking all night im bout to crash out

begongo
01-05-2009, 03:56 AM
shit, I got to do this too!

diggy
01-05-2009, 03:56 AM
Ya, those kids got alot of time on their hands.

SKANK HILL
01-05-2009, 03:59 AM
i wonder who had to explain this to skampoe ... mothertime?

food for thought
01-05-2009, 04:00 AM
Lol

FatherSl!me
01-05-2009, 05:29 AM
lol