One Funny Step Ahead of the Fuzz

It's only Monday evening, and yet we've found the best product of the week: Photoblocker spray for the license plate on your vehicle!

Yes, you folks who fear photo tickets for running yellow or red lights or blowing through toll-road sensors can now relax. A company has developed an invisible spray that it claims will mask your license plates from photographs.

And it's all yours for just $29.99!

From the company website:

A majority of red-light and speed cameras utilize strong flash to photograph the license plate on your car. Once sprayed on your license plate, PhotoBlocker's special formula produces a high-powered gloss that reflects the flash back toward the camera. This overexposes the image of your license plate, rendering the picture unreadable. With PhotoBlocker, your license plate is invisible to traffic cameras yet completely legible to the naked eye.

Ha, you're thinking. We've beaten the bureaucrats and bean counters!

Not so fast.

Frank Barbagallo, deputy bean counter at the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) of Orange County, told the Sacramento Bee in a recent interview that the TCA has tested its cameras and allegedly found the spray ineffective.

Frank's a funny guy.

The TCA is the key advocate of a new state law, Assembly Bill 801, to outlaw the spray.


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