Chinese drivers are using technology to thwart technology by using a James Bond like device to switch their tag numbers and avoid detection. Police sources in Yangjiang say that over half of the cars caught by traffic cameras for speeding and other traffic offenses either cover up their license plates or use a fake plate.
The basic remote control device to do this 007 style flip cost about 800 yuan which is roughly $115 US Dollars. More complex versions are available that flip the numbers faster or provide more advanced options.
The enterprising salespeople who’re offering the devices say that the devices provide drivers an economical option compared to the high cost of traffic offenses in China, which can include license suspension and even confiscation of your vehicle. Police sources in Guangdong said that the chances of the automated traffic enforcement devices successfully ID’ing an offender using such a device were almost nil.
What are your thoughts about such James Bond 007 style devices in ordinary citizen’s cars? Would you use such a device to thwart automated traffic control systems?