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Does PhotoBlocker Spray really work? or is it a SCAM?

Posted on 21 May 2010 by admin

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Well, this is the $64,000 question.  Lots has been said on this subject and I have to tell you that the answer to this question has become somewhat controversial.

Even at this website – Beat-the-speed-trap.com, reader opinions seem to be divided strongly among the pros and the cons.  So, what’s the Bottom Line?

Well, as you know, I am a “bottom line” person, so I will be brief.  The answer is (drum roll please) – “it is a scam, pure and simple.”  Sorry to disappoint you.  And sorry to all of you that have bought this product already.  I am ashamed of it, but yours truly even promoted the product on this very website not too long ago.

A more complete answer with the caveat is this:  There is no caveat…Photoblocker Spray does not work, period. Don’t fall for their trap when they tell you that people who had bad results simply did not apply is properly.  The product was tested at Mythbusters using highly sophisticated scientific methods, and the myth was busted!  In other words, the product did not work.

The company loves to cite this fact to support their claims:

A television station, WTV09 performed a study to test the effectiveness of photoblocker spray.  Their testing showed that spray DOES in fact make a license plat unreadable when a digital camera with a flash was used to photograph it.  They did a side-by-side comparison of a plate with and without the PhotoBlocker Spray.

I and many others believe that the testing by the TV station was flawed.  It was not done by scientists and it was effective on only one type of camera and flash set up (and I also believe the lighting conditions were just perfect).  However, the type of camera and flash used in the TV example is NOT the kind used by most municipalities.

Besides, you don’t have to take my word for it.  Numerous people on the internet will back up the fact that this spray just does not do what it is purported to do.  It does not work.  Don’t waste your money on it.

For real protection, buy a radar detector.  Read my article on the world’s best radar detector on this site.  And if you want to buy one, your best bet is RADAR BUSTERS….their link is right on this site.  They are a reputable company.

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Beating Photo Radars

Posted on 02 December 2008 by admin

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Nahshon Roberts asked:

A photo radar is designed to photograph drivers who travel five to ten miles per hour over the speed limit. These photographs, along with particulars such as date, time, location, and vehicle speed, are then mailed to offenders.

Anatomy of Photo Radars

How does photo radar work? Photo radar is made up of the following:

● a high speed traffic camera and flash unit

● a narrow beam, low-powered Doppler radar antenna aimed across the road

● a computer that records information, such as date, time, speed, and location of the violation

Photo radar works this way. First, the system is hoisted onto a police vehicle that typically patrols areas where overspeeding is a problem. Then, it catches speed demons and those who run against red lights. Drivers can see their vehicles’ speed from a reader board found in the back window of the police unit display.

Beating Photo Radars

Many disgruntled drivers have successfully parlayed their dislike for photo radars into a lucrative business. They produce products that supposedly protect drivers from being photographed by photo radars. Below are some of the products and a brief description of how they are used.

● Radar Detectors

A radar detector detects the presence of photo enforcement devices. Accordingly, it assists drivers in beating photo radars by warning them of photo radar presence. This gives drivers time to slow down. Many claim radar detectors are effective. One problem with radar detectors, however, is that these do not work with red light cameras that measure speed using sensors embedded in roadways.

● Flash-back device

What senses the flash of a photo enforcement camera and immediately flashes its own strobe light onto the license plate to make license numbers invisible to cameras? Why, a flash-back device, of course! Flash-back devices are highly popular, especially because they’re cheap. A study, shows however, that flash-back devices are ineffective in beating photo radars when Redflex sensor-based photo enforcement cameras are used.

● GPS-based warning systems

Radar detectors are illegal, and in some states, use of flash-back devices are implicitly prohibited. What do drivers interested in beating photo radars without breaking the law do? They buy GPS-based warning systems. These devices, which are very popular in European markets, has just recently become available in the United States.

This is how a GPS-based warning system works: you download the location of speed enforcement cameras into a GPS system. Because your system now has a map of camera locations, it warns you to slow down every time you are close to a photo radar.

While a GPS-based technology may seem infallible, it is not without its faults. To be effective, it relies on your knowledge of photo radars’ locations. This is knowledge you may not always have. All it takes for you to get a citation is one speed camera unregistered in your GPS system.

● Plate covers

Plate covers are cheaper alternatives to the three technologies I have previously discussed. These covers go over your license plate, keeping it visible to anyone who is directly behind your car. In certain angles, however, a portion of your license plate cannot be seen. Some states, particularly Washington, D.C, penalize the use of these covers by as much as $300. Other states are silent regarding their use. Should you ever decide to go for plate covers, note that they do not work with motion video cameras.

● Photo spray

This is the least effective method for beating photo radars. It is sprayed onto license plates. Its high gloss finish is said to reflect the light flashed by cameras, resulting in overexposure of photos. Experts warn that photo sprays are only 45% reliable in reflecting camera light. Furthermore, though photos are overexposed, a quick scrutiny of their negatives will yield the exact sequence of a license plate’s numbers and letters.

Beating photo radars requires cunning and the proper tools. When caught, you would be held legally accountable. You must, therefore, carefully consider what technology to use and whether you are ready for repercussions. Then, and only then, should you use any of the above-mentioned technologies.

Jane

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How to Fight a Speeding Ticket

Posted on 11 June 2008 by admin

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Jason Gadayan asked:

Chances are if you have your license then you have been issued a speeding ticket. For the most part most people think that there is nothing they can do to beat a speeding ticket, because after all if they was speeding that made them break the law. There is a old wise tail that I found to be true a few years back when I receive a speeding ticket for 67mph in a 55mph. The theory was that if the police office did not lock your speed into the radar then you were as free as a bird. The police officer would have no proof to issue you a speeding ticket. I found this to be true. One of the first things you should do when you get pulled over for speeding is to ask the police officer to see the radar and see what speed he had you locked in at. I found that a lot of police officers do not lock the radar after catching someone speeding. Because most people when asked “Do you know why I pulled you over?“ They reply with “Yes I was speeding a little”. Saying that you know why you were pulled over is just the same as saying your are guilty, and the police officer does not have to have your speed lock it at all now. With out this lock there is no way for them to prove you were speeding even if you were speeding. So more than likely that without your speed being locked it will just get thrown out of court (if it goes that far)

There are many other ways to get of a speeding ticket that I found may be very useful. The first thing you are “NOT” to do is say you were speeding and plead guilty. In the USA there there is a saying that people use all the time, “innocent until proven guilty“, so let them do there job and prove it. Do not get angry or start arguing with the police officer. This may irritate the officer and they may issue you speeding ticket. The best approach I can suggest is to ask the officer the reason you were pulled over and be very polite. Hey even being nice and kind with no smart comments can even get you out of a speeding ticket sometimes. The police officer has a great deal of discretion and can just decide to issue you a warning in lieu of a speeding ticket. Again do not admit to the officer that you know why you were pulled over and ‘Don’t argue and get nasty “. There is no point in admitting guilt at this point. OK, lets say your speed was locked into the radar and it was recorded on paper and the officer has decided to issue you a speeding ticket. Now you have to go to a court hearing to find out what your fine is. You’re thinking that there is no way out of it at all. That is where you are wrong. The first thing to do is call for as many continuances as you can. This is when you are unable to make it to the court hearing due to being sick, out of town, or not able to get off work. The longer you can hold off the court the more likely you are going to get out of the ticket.

Now you’re still are going to have to go to court sooner or later, but there is still a way out. The longer you can hold off court the more likely the police officer that pulled you over will not be able to make it to the court hearing. Without the same police officer that issued you the speeding ticket being there in person to give the judge his sworn statement, the court has has no witness to the traffic ticket incident. See this is how it works. When the police officer writes you the ticket when you get pulled over, he bases the court date around his schedule. That way he is able to make it to court. With you calling for a continuance, this throws his schedule off and more than likely he is not going to be able to make it, and I don’t think he is going to make it a point to change his schedule around just to go to a boring court hearing.

Now there is another way to get out of a speeding ticket, and that is to not get a speeding ticket at all. Avoiding a speeding ticket is the 100% way to getting out of a speeding ticket. There is a few tricks to help improve your chances of not even getting pulled over. A good way to help avoid a speeding ticket is to know how many points you have left on your license. Trust me if you are about to loose your license with one more traffic violation and you know it, then you are going be extra careful when driving. In turn this is going to heighten your senses and make you a better and more safer driver on the road. There is a rumor out and about. I am sure you have seen police stickers that you can put on your vehicle. The ones that say you support the men in uniform. Yes, well this could be a good way avoid a speeding ticket. If I was a police officer and I was following someone because I was ready to pull them over and I see a sticker on their vehicle that said that they “support me”, I might just let them go. Just as long as they were not speeding way over the limit. This shows the police officer that you support then and he might just may let you go with a warning or not even pulling you over at all. The local PBA’s or FOP’s around the US depend greatly contributions. If one of their officer’s issues a speeding ticket to a person that has contributed to their organization, believe me the police officer will hear about it. They usually think twice about giving speeding tickets to contributors and supporters of their local union.

Scanning the road ahead of you is another big way to avoid getting pulled over for speeding. You have to think like a police officer. Where would you be sitting at? Some places police like to sit and wait for speeding is behind over passes. This is one of those I see you and you don’t see me things. They also and sit at the top of a on ramp to the freeway. By the time you pass he has you speeding. You are expecting to look up and almost behind you for a police car. You have to take use caution where you would think they might be hiding and waiting.

In some cities now they have red light cameras up that are snapping pictures of people speeding and sending the violator a ticket in the mail. There really is no way out of this but to say you were not the one driving it, it was your friend. All that you might attain with this, is the ticket being pushed off to one of your buddies. These cameras can be found on over passes on the freeways, street corners, and stop lights. They are even found by school zones. There is a product out on the market that you spray on your license plate and then when the camera snaps a picture of your car, the license plate is blurred out and in turn there is no ticket. I have never used this so do your own investigation and use at your own risk.

NOTE: This article is not a 100% way to get out of a speeding ticket. It just simply states what might happen in the event of getting pulled over by a police officer.

Jane

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Home Sale Safety: Protect Your Home, Your Agent and yourself

Posted on 05 June 2008 by admin

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Ted Gaurnero asked:

Selling your home requires that you open your house to strangers and allow them access to areas that would normally only be open to trusted friends and family. Unfortunately, we can’t trust everyone, even those who “look okay”. Securing your home and property against crime is a good step to take, especially when you are allowing people you don’t know to come inside. Protecting the interests of your real estate agent is also a big step in this endeavor.

One of the best things you can do is engage the services of a Realtor, who will escort people through your home and keep an eye on them. An experienced agent will screen people at the office and take precautions against criminals gaining access to your home. Real estate professionals are often in the business of escorting strangers through houses and many have become more knowledgeable about crime prevention in this situation. It’s a smart thing to ask an agent what kinds of crime prevention policies they have in place before hiring them.

Many agents will not conduct an open house, house tour or meet people without first having an in-office interview and taking down information, such as a copy of the driver’s license and perhaps the license plate number of the car. This is mainly to preserve their safety, but it can also help preserve yours and that of your home. More than one person at a house tour or showing means that there is less of a chance of someone trying to take advantage of as single representative. This also means that they are less likely to try to steal your property or vandalize your home.

There have been cases where agents have been killed and homes have been burned or otherwise damaged, so take what your agent does for safety seriously. Your agent deserves to be as safe as possible and anything you can do in that regard is well worth your time. In addition to the horror of having someone robbed, raped or murdered in your home, the stigma of being the site of a serious crime could make the value of your home come crashing down. Support your agent and encourage them to take all possible steps to secure their safety.

When your home is being shown, put all valuables away in secure containers. Some people go so far as to rent a storage locker for excess property when staging their homes; your valuables can go here as well. Otherwise, place them in inconspicuous containers and place them well out of sight. Make sure your agent knows all the entrances and exits from your home and property, so s/he knows where to check and what to secure after a showing.

Don’t accept impromptu tours from strangers. Be friendly and polite, but insist that they go through your agent. Some unscrupulous people use a home sale to gain access to a home, either to steal, visit violence on the home’s occupants or to scope the home out for a future burglary. Legitimate buyers will not have a big problem with going through your agent to see the property. If the person acts odd, insists that they ‘need’ to see the house immediately and/or gets violent or abusive, call the police.

Be extra vigilant when the For Sale sign is placed. Many criminals look for a home sale to check the house out for lack of security. Many people turn off their security alarms and leave things unlocked that are normally secured. If you surprise someone who doesn’t belong on or around your property, call the police. Security lights can be a relatively inexpensive install that will also be a selling point for your house. Trim your bushes back; not only will it improve the landscaping; it will also make hiding and sneaking harder.

Security systems, barking dogs, guns, baseball bats and pepper spray are some popular methods of home security, but unless you know how to control that barking dog (and make him shut up once intruders leave), handle a gun safely, or where and how to apply a baseball bat to someone’s head (keep in mind that unless it’s very clear that you were acting in self-defense, you could be liable), these items are more likely to harm you or your family than they are to protect you.

As much as we would like to trust everybody, it’s not a safe world. Taking precautions and encouraging your agent to do likewise is a smart home sales step. Your agent will appreciate your support and concern, you will be less likely to be victimized and your home will benefit from the extra attention.

Nick

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Pacific Palisades Motorcycle Accident Lawyer’s Top Ten Things You Least Want the Paramedics to Ask You After a Motorcycle Accident

Posted on 19 May 2008 by admin

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R. Sebastian Gibson asked:

1. So what is it you think we’ll find in your blood system?

 

2. Will you remain still so we can strap you to this hard uncomfortable board for the thirty minute ride to the hospital?

 

3. Would you like something at the drive-thru?

 

4. Do you have any money for gas?

 

5. Do you know how to change a flat tire?

 

6. Do you know the way to the hospital?

 

7. Do you know why that police officer was so upset with you?

 

8. Don’t you know better than to antagonize a police officer?

 

9. Why on earth did you dare the police officer to hit you with pepper spray?

 

10. Don’t you know when a police officer asks you to stop and you don’t, he might taser you?

Here are ten useful tips of advice from a motorcycle accident lawyer to follow if you have been in an accident. You can also learn more about how to handle a motorcycle accident in Pacific Palisades, or any city, by calling the Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson at any of the numbers which can be found on our website at http://www.SebastianGibsonLaw.com  and learning how we can assist you.

 

Obviously, if you have had an accident, and you are reading all of this advice, it’s probably been at least a few days since the accident. However, if it’s only been a few hours or if you ever have another accident, here’s what you should do the next time from the start.

 

First, take a look around and determine if you or anyone, are hurt. If so, taking steps like trying to prevent further injury or loss of blood are the most important thing you can do. Even if some other driver caused you to be injured, it’s just good manners to help the other driver if they are hurt. They may even be so thankful that they admit their fault to you. The worst thing you can do is get angry or start a fight.

 

Second, make sure everyone is safe from being injured further. If you are in the middle of traffic, and you are dizzy, sit down away from traffic. If your vehicle is a traffic hazard and you have accident warning devices like flares or triangles, put them out on the road to warn other drivers and get away from the car. Let the police an other emergency personnel investigate the scene with the vehicles in place and move them more safely at a later point.

 

Third, call the police. Accident reports are extremely helpful if the police will do such a report. Let the police know you are injured immediately. Answer the police questions honestly. But if you are dazed or confused, let them know you need medical treatment and answer only what you feel sure about. Remember, your statements can and will be used against you if you admit fault, and it will be too late and too fishy to later say you didn’t know what you were saying at the scene. Police know that your best recollection is immediately after an accident.

 

Fourth, get the other driver’s information including their names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, make and model of their vehicles, license plate numbers, and their insurance company name and policy number. If there are witnesses, get their names, addresses and telephone numbers as well. If the other driver makes any admissions of fault, write those down as well.

 

Fifth, if you have a camera on your cell phone or in the car and you aren’t too injured, take some photos of the vehicles and the scene. If you can’t do it right away, do it after you are released from the hospital.

Sixth, if you are hurt, obtain medical treatment. Don’t decline the ambulance or hospital examination to save your insurance company money or to be stoic. Take your valuables out of your car if you can and get checked out at the hospital. If you are not hurt, don’t get treatment you don’t need. However, remember, after an accident, you may feel a rush of adrenaline that causes you to only start feeling symptoms of pain a few hours later. If you have a health plan that requires you to obtain permission first, call them and find out where you are allowed to seek treatment.

 

Seventh, call a good motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as you have had your initial treatment, so the attorney can gather other important evidence and prevent the insurance company from taking advantage of you and obtaining such things as recorded statements that you feel fine, when many of your symptoms have yet to manifest themselves. A good motorcycle accident lawyer can save you from making a great deal of mistakes and can shoulder much of the hassle of knowing what to do about car repairs, car rentals, medical treatment, witness statements and the like. If you think you will save money by not having an attorney, think again. A good motorcycle accident lawyer can almost always obtain much higher settlements, obtain reductions of medical bills and insurance liens and prevent you from making costly mistakes. Also, most motorcycle accident attorneys advance costs of obtaining police reports, medical records and the like and are paid and reimbursed for these costs only out of any settlement.

 

Eight, you will need to report the accident to your insurance company, but since they will want to take a recorded statement from you, just like any other driver’s insurance company, it’s good advice to retain an attorney first. And if the other driver did not have insurance, remember that it is your own insurance company that will be your adversary. You will also need to report the accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles and your lawyer can give you the form for this.

 

Ninth, do not agree to settle your claim privately with the person at fault for the accident. This almost never works out to your advantage. Don’t agree not to call the police. Police reports that determine the fault for an accident are golden. Your agreement to not involve the police only affords an opportunity for the other driver to change his story and blame you when the police will no longer investigate the accident.

 

Tenth, don’t pay a traffic ticket without a fight if you weren’t at fault or agree to accept a small payment for your vehicle repairs without knowing that the amount will in fact cover the cost of all the repairs.

 

If you’ve had a motorcycle accident in Pacific Palisades, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks.Carson, Brentwood, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Camarillo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, Cambria or San Luis Obispo, or anywhere in Southern California, we have the knowledge and resources to be your Pacific Palisades Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and your Malibu Motorcycle Accident Attorney. Be sure to hire a California law firm with auto, motorcycle, truck, bicycle, pedestrian, car, bus, train, boat and airplane accident experience, wrongful death experience and insurance law expertise who can ensure you are properly represented and get the compensation you deserve.

 

If you have a personal injury legal matter, a dog bite or if you’ve lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, call the Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson, or visit our website at http://www.SebastianGibsonLaw.com  and learn how we can assist you.

Vijay

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6 Tips for the Safe Realtor

Posted on 15 March 2008 by admin

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Kevin Bilberry asked:

In the haste to make a sale, many realtors have forgotten that their safety is more important than any amount of commission. Realtors have been robbed, beaten, raped and murdered while showing homes. The isolated nature of an empty house makes it easy for people to be assaulted without the neighbors knowing. Here are a few tips to make your safety a priority while still closing sales.

1. Take a self-defense course

Good self defense courses don’t generally teach you fancy moves to make someone wish they’d never touched you. The aim is to teach you to be more aware of your surroundings and more aware of your body and what it can do to protect you. Attitude is a big component of self-defense. Also, the course will teach you a few good strategies – holds, blocks and kicks that will get you free from someone’s grip and RUN. Don’t try to be a hero, just get away and out of the house.

2. Don’t take anything at face value

Murderers and rapists are most often not slavering creatures hiding behind bushes and in scuzzy alleyways. They can be well-dressed, have a wife, have a husband, have kids, prefer their tea with lemon. In short, they’re just as human as the non-rapist and can’t be distinguished by looks alone. Don’t trust someone just because they dress in an Armani suit. Do background checks and note their I.D. numbers, license plate numbers and other identifying characteristics.

3. Let someone know

Actually, let several someones know. Where you are going, who you’re going with and how long you plan to be. Leave information with your office, friends and family. Let the client know that other people know where you’ve gone and who with.

4. Take someone with you

Would you rather deal with the awkwardness of having someone there who is obviously there for safety or end up being taken advantage of in the worst possible way? Would you rather risk being alone with someone you don’t know in an isolated setting or delay a prospective sale long enough to get someone to go with you? If it makes you feel better, you can have them pretend that they’re a junior realtor coming along for experience or whatever – just bring someone with you.

5. Choose defensive instruments carefully

Pepper spray only works if it’s aimed in the right direction and has a directed stream. Some jurisdictions place limits on pepper spray possession and usage – be aware of your rights and responsibilities. A travel bottle of hairspray may also produce unpleasant sensations in the eyes of an attacker and it’s legal just about everywhere.

On guns: Many law enforcement personnel recommend against carrying a gun because of the liability and in some places, it’s illegal (Canada). If you decide to go this route, don’t just go out and get a gun; learn how to use, clean, carry, and store it safely. Also, learn the laws of your area concerning gun usage for self defense. If you don’t know how to handle a loaded weapon and when to use it, then you have no business carrying it around with you.

6. Trust your gut

It’s been said a million times before, but it’s still true. If something gives you a bad feeling, GET OUT. No sale is worth your life or your physical well being. Read Gavin de Becker’s “Gift of Fear” for more information on trusting your instincts. Sometimes it may play you false, but most people have a decently developed sense of what is right and what isn’t, even if their conscious mind isn’t aware of that fact.

Jane

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