Spray Sold To Obscure Photo
It's the latest tool to help drivers break the law and
get away with it and police are not amused.
The product is called "photo blocker." When the
clear spray is applied to license plates, it creates a glossy
finish and reflects a photo radar flash so the numbers become
fuzzy or washed out to red light and photo radar cameras,
the manufacturer says.
The effect is similar to taking a flash photograph of yourself
in front of a mirror. The product's slogan is "Don't
let them take your cash in a flash."
"It's marketed in a way to defeat the tools that we
put in place for traffic safety, and in that case, I say
it shouldn't be on the market at all," said Illinois
State Patrol's Norman Martin.
The entrepreneurs at Phantom Plate said that they're not
encouraging motorists to break the law, they want to thwart
Right now, "photo blocker" is perfectly legal
but some states are working to change that. The company
also sells a plastic plate cover that makes also reading
the plate difficult.