Some diabolically brilliant pranksters are turning traffic ticket cameras to an even more evil purpose than that for which they are intended.

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.

My hat's off to these students for revealing the pernicious flaw behind the concept of camera-issued traffic tickets. I'm saving this article to use in court in case I ever get such a ticket.

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