The Fast and the Furious

By Liana Loewus — December 22, 2008 1 min read
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A group of students in Montgomery County, Md., have begun tricking local speed cameras in order to get citations sent to innocent drivers, including teachers and fellow students, reports DailyTech.

In a prank that has been dubbed “the pimping game,” students replicate a license plate by printing it on glossy paper with a downloaded font similar to that on Maryland plates. They then tape the fake plate to the back of a car and speed past one of the cameras. A few days later, the unsuspecting owner of the real license plate receives a $40 ticket in the mail.

Edward Owusu, assistant principal of Wootton High School, had not heard of his students pulling the prank, but 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 hopes to cracks down on the pranksters before things get out of hand. “I am concerned that someone could get hurt . . . because they are speeding in areas where they know speeding is a problem,” he said.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.