Drivers are getting more savvy about spotting speed cameras along roads and highways. In turn, police in one major U.S. city are getting more savvy about disguising their revenue-generating cameras.

Authorities in and around Washington D.C. are expanding their speed camera programs, reports the Washington Examiner. And now, they're purchasing many cameras that look like mailboxes and trash containers to unsuspecting motorists. They're also more mobile, so police can reposition them so drivers cannot get used to seeing them in one particular area.

Prince George's County purchased nearly 60 mobile cameras last year, and issued 349,000 citations in the first nine months of the program that resulted in approximately $8 million in revenue, reports the news outlet. Next year, the county expects to generate $28 million in revenue.

A similar speed-camera program in D.C. itself generated $55 million in fiscal year 2011, says the site. Not everyone is pleased.

"These newer cameras are lower to the ground and hidden between bushes and signs," said Ron Ely, editor of the website StopBigBrotherMd.org. "Not only can they move these cameras, but they are less visible from the road."

Full story: WashingtonExaminer.com.

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      docush9
      • 2 Years Ago
      if thats not entrapment i dont know what is , id fight any ticket i got from one of them things , why should the police be able to use them things and the ordinary driver not be able to use detectors and such , i know if you dont speed in the first place , you dont have nay thing to worry bout but there are times when one just might miss that last speed limit sign .. i say equality on both playing fields !!!
        Cory
        • 2 Years Ago
        @docush9
        It's not entrapment. That's why the sign, right underneath the speed limit sign, saying "Photo Enforced", is there. To avoid charges of entrapment. The sign warns drivers that the use of a speed camera nearby is being employed. So, the entrapment argument here falls flat on its face.
        Trader X Trader
        • 2 Years Ago
        @docush9
        Easy - the city makes the laws to generate revenue for themselves. Anything that would prevent collection of fines/levies is banned. If you add up the sales tax, local taxes, property taxes, license taxes,state taxes, federal taxes I would guess that many people pay upwards of 50% of their money to government in some form or another, even if the IRS tax rate might be 25%. The govts love fees/fines/levies because they are hidden taxes and stay under the radar. They can just enact more and more laws to make everything illegal - 90% of which is merely designed to separate you from your money.
      ebaranskijr
      • 2 Years Ago
      There comes a point where the average citizen has to say "stop watching me constantly and in sneaky ways!" Ever watch a cop's reaction when he/she realizes they are being filmed? Citizens should object just as strenuously. Any government will push until the people stand up and say "enough!" It also amazes me that they can find new and even more sneaky ways to ticket people to raise money (and that's all it is-----a money making scheme), but yet the bastards STILL never have enough money and can't balance a budget.
        twisted8138
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ebaranskijr
        Yeah, they make all that money .......then spend it all on coffee and doughnuts!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ebaranskijr
        Good thinking. Thank you!
      Moonshi14
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anything so they have to do less work.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't want a speeding ticket, don't exceed the speed limit.
        vjunior713
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        AMEN TOMCAT. NO SPEEDY....NO TICKIE...NO LAW BREAKIE. AND AS A SENIOR CITIZEN THAT WALKS I FEEL SAFER WITH SPEEDSTERS IN COURT PAYING FINE AND NOT ON THE STREET SPEEDING.
      docmetcalf1955
      • 2 Years Ago
      purchase an old beater, reinforce the front end, run over speed camera, they'll get tired of buying new ones, it worked in california :-)
      golden2husky
      • 2 Years Ago
      Destroy them. Fight fire with fire
      t0fast
      • 2 Years Ago
      I might live in the Communist-wealth of Massachusetts, but I'm fortunate that these are illegal tactics here.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Life is so lonely. I'm a beautiful woman and I hope to find a man with financial security. So I joined ~ MillionaireLoveLinks ℃.O. М ~ it's where for seeking successful people or gorgeous woman. This is the police profiting from crime - instead of preventing the speeding they send a bill. If it is true that speeding is unsafe surely the speed sensor should be linked to a stoplight further down the road that would turn red and stay red for say 3 minutes. Speeding would be stopped, increasing safety and the speeder would find that they get delayed more. But of course the police want money - they don't want to stop the speeding vehicles.
      lets69mami
      • 2 Years Ago
      google Traveling is a RIGHT and start with that RIGHT !!
      jeffc152
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is one obvious solution that most of you people seem to have overlooked and most likely never considered because of your close minded self-centered sense of importance... Don't speed! God forbid you have to pay a fine for willingly breaking the law! And now your all pissed off and bent out of shape because you're going to have to pay up or slow down. TS!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jeffc152
        yes, because me doing 40 in a 35 in a 4 lane-median divided highway is sooo dangerous. people driving too slow are equally dangerous. that's why study after study states the 80% rule. the safest speed is the speed at which 80% of the drivers are moving. think im wrong? try being on an interstate doing 65 (the speed limit) and a guy merging is only doing 40. not very safe is it? as everyone has to swerve around him or brake hard. both extremes of the issue are dangerous as is your overly judgmental attitude. no one is saying there shouldn't be any speed limits. almost everyone else is saying the limits are stupidly low so cops can pull over nearly anyone at anytime for speeding. Also, if you say you never speed ill call you a liar right to your face.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone needs to understand that this isn't about the money generated by the tickets issued. And it positively has nothing to do with public safety. It has everything to do with insurance companies lobbying our lawmakers to create new directives that give out more tickets so they can justify the exhorbitant rates we pay. They set those rates according to the laws they wrote up themselves, and paid our elected, trusted lawmakers to sign on the dotted line. And yes, those are the same guys writing their own pensions into law, bankruping everyone. Those government pensions are why we in CA and elsewhere are seeing bankruptcies and budget crises in our cities and counties. This isn't a democrat or republican issue, it is everyone. God help us all.
        Brian Crawley
        • 2 Years Ago
        No it has nothing to do with that.... The tickets don't count against your driving record. The camera's are installed for 2 reasons... 1. to make money for the cities and counties. 2. to make the owner/operators of the camera's $$$$
      Charlene
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to go down a street, to pick up my kid, every day and about every other day I'd see someone get pulled over because the limit was 30 mph. Well, I would purposely drive exactly 30 to piss them off. (The cop.) Unfortunately, twice, when I was returning home, about 5 min. later, there would be someone pulled over. Made me feel a little guilty if it was someone that had been behind me and then sped up. Oops. (Sorry.) Soon after they put it to 35 mph. and the cop disappeared.
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