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Old 05-07-2008, 10:18 PM
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Safety in numbers for speeding drivers Wed May 7, 11:28 AM ET

BEIJING (Reuters) - Speeding drivers in south China are getting clear away thanks to machines which switch the numbers on their licence plates in seconds, state media said on Tuesday.

"More than 50 percent of cars caught on camera for speeding and other offences either cover up their plates or use a fake licence plate," a traffic policeman in the Guangdong city of Yangjiang was quoted by the Beijing Youth Daily as saying.

"Our chances of capturing them is next to nil."

The price of the remote-control device starts at around 800 yuan ($115), while a more advanced apparatus with the ability to flip over the numbers in less than three seconds costs more than double.

"The era of covering up the licence plate by hand has passed," a driver surnamed Zheng told the newspaper.

"It's really convenient and economical too," a salesman who specializes in such devices in the provincial capital of Guangzhou was quoted as saying.

In April, Xinhua news agency reported that China had confiscated thousands of fake military vehicles and number plates in a move to crack down on citizens masquerading as privileged members of the People's Liberation Army.

In years past, Chinese counterfeiters have used fake military vehicles to ship bootleg cigarettes and other goods, previous reports have said.

(Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Old 05-07-2008, 11:15 PM
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The French have a different solution

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Dozens of France’s 1,100 roadside speed cameras have been destroyed or vandalised since they were introduced in 2003 – later than in most neighbouring countries. The devices have contributed to a sharp drop in road deaths, but many drivers still consider their presence “unFrench” and a breach of their civil rights.

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Old 05-08-2008, 12:42 AM
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I'd destroy one if I ever got the chance. I hear they shoot them down south, good solution!

I can't get over how bad of an idea they are and how much I hate them. Its big brother making sure you play nice.
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The UK is full of speed cameras. But the UK also has police that patrol rather then sit on the side of a road waiting to nick someone for speeding. I would expect that it would also cost less of my tax money.
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:33 AM
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I'd prefer no camra's and fewer police. IMHO if they have so much time to issue speeding tickets that means crime is really low, which is good! So we need less cops.
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:13 AM
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Spaekin of beating speed traps, y'all take close look at USA plates lately? Notice the reflective ribbon running through the middle. Ye wanna git some blue/white touchup color and paint over it to beat lazer speed trap technology.
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:25 AM
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The UK is full of speed cameras. But the UK also has police that patrol rather then sit on the side of a road waiting to nick someone for speeding. I would expect that it would also cost less of my tax money.
Due to the UK's gun laws, they light fires under them and burn them down.

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