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Trying To Fool Red-Light Cameras


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As more cities install red-light cameras, some motorists are trying to find a way to beat them.

Jan Gray believes the cameras are unconstitutional and a violation of privacy. 

That's why she placed a phantom plate or a shield that covers a license plate. From certain angles, it makes the license plate look blurry.

"I do not intend break the law. That is not my objective here.  I just want to protect my privacy from prying eyes," Gray said.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said these types of plates are illegal. The plate is considered to be a foreign material on the license plate.

Gray believes using one is a way to protect her right to privacy. 

 "I do believe that the individual's right to privacy is more important that 10 individuals who might abuse the law," she said.

Police said the cameras help prosecute cases and aid in safety and deter accidents.

"I believe our Constitution is still living document and it applies," Gray said.

Gallatin police said the shield does not work. A few months ago, NewsChannel 5 tested the photo spray, which also does not work.

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research recently released a document saying the red light cameras are unsafe, unconstitutional and unnecessary. 

Police in Gallatin and Murfreesboro said they've seen a big decrease in accidents since the cameras were installed.

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