No holds barred on beating speed traps
PEOPLE have gone to extreme lengths to outsmart speed traps.
The BBC’s hell-raising motoring show, Top Gear, after several attempts, managed to beat a speed trap – by travelling so fast the camera didn’t pick the car up at all. While the theory is simple enough, the team had to try the trick with several supercharged sportsters before finally defeating the technology with the lightning fast TVR Tuscan S, driven by a racing driver at over 270km/h on a racing track.
Top Gear’s irreverent presenter Jeremy Clarkson has long crusaded against the speed trap camera, on one occasion theatrically shooting fireworks at one of the devices from a rocket launcher attached to the side of the Porsche he was driving.
Others seeking to outwit the Cyclops have come up with less extreme, but no less ingenious, solutions. There are several products on the market that claim to beat the cameras, ranging from lacquer sprays that reflect light off number plates – thereby, so the manufacturers claim, obscuring the numbers, to laser jammers.
Laser jammers scramble the speed reading unit for a few seconds, leaving it unable to give an accurate speed reading.
In 2007, a Johannesburg motorist managed to fool the laser but not the cop when he sped past. The officer operating the device believed the man was speeding and gave chase, pulling the motorist, a certain Moto Mabanga, over.
The cop then discovered the jammer.
Mabanga claimed the device had been fitted by the manufacturer on his Porsche Cayenne. He later appeared in court where he paid a R500 admission of guilt fine.
Devices like these are not illegal to own. However charges of defeating the ends of justice can be brought against motorists using them.
SPEED SNEAK: Fast presenter Jeremy Clarkson