We thought you might have some questions! Here are the answers.Does the noPhoto really work?
Yes. Our internal testing yielded a 100% success rate. If the noPhoto does fail you for some reason, we offer a 100% ticket reimbursement guarantee policy.
Yes, the noPhoto works at all times of day and night.
No! Emphatically, no. This is one of the largest myths perpetrated by the camera manufacturers. Studies by the Federal Highway Administration and the Virginia Transportation Research Council found that side-impact accidents do decrease - but almost every other type of collision goes drastically up! The increase in rear-end collisions alone from people slamming on their brakes to avoid being ticketed is enough to increase accident rates overall. Traffic cameras are about revenue, not safety.
Since there is nothing physically covering or obscuring the license plate, the noPhoto does not violate any license plate cover laws. Quite literally, we are using the same light and the same bulbs that red light and speed cameras do. The noPhoto does not cover any state names, and there are no laws in existence regulating how much light is cast onto the license plate.
A lot. Exact prices vary by city, but they generally range from $125 in New York City to in excess of $500 per ticket in California. And that's just the cash fine you must face - in some cases, the tickets will affect your insurance premiums, causing you to lose hundreds of additional dollars. In almost all cases, buying a noPhoto is far cheaper than getting even a single camera ticket.
As you probably know if you live in an area with a red light or speed camera program, these cameras are far from infallible. They frequently make mistakes for right turn on red locations, poor weather conditions, and poor maintenance. Citizens have repeatedly won lawsuits against the camera manufacturers where the equipment was found at fault. In several instances, the camera manufacturers were forced to withdraw their programs from their target cities.
The noPhoto is incredibly useful as a privacy tool. Use cases include celebrity vehicle protection from paparazzi and stalkers, privacy protection for car show participants and exotic car owners, and generally being used by anyone who wishes to prevent their license plates from ending up in an online database or on the internet.
The traffic enforcement camera manufacturer with the most market-share in the United States is an Australian company called Redflex. Each time an image is taken from the camera, it is referenced with your personal information and stored in the manufacturer's proprietary database. This database includes not only all of your personal information, but your location and time of day that the image was taken. This is a tremendous privacy and security violation; there are virtually no laws or regulations that govern what is done with the information in these databases. There is nothing preventing these international companies from selling it for marketing purposes, or from turning it over to whomever pays the most. To make matters worse, many newer cameras now record constantly, working day and night to compile as much information as possible. About you. Without your permission.
The noPhoto is 100% compatible with American, Canadian, and Mexcian license plates. The noPhoto is technically compatible with all international license plates (the technology will work), but the mounting holes may not line up properly. We are in the process of developing international adapter plates, but in the meantime you can mount the noPhoto with a strong double sided adhesive tape such as 3M VHB Body Molding tape.
Just like international support, support for motorcycles is on the way.
The reason that you're not seeing the cameras flash is because they have installed a visible light filter over the flashbulbs. What this does is filter out light in the visible spectrum, only allowing infrared light to pass through and illuminate the plate. Since the noPhoto's sensor works with both infrared and visible light, the noPhoto will still fire and prevent the camera from obtaining an image.
This depends on the type of camera system installed in your location, but generally the answer is no. For example, the Gatsometer systems in Washington, D.C. only take images of the rear-plate. In certain locales, however, the cameras may be configured to take frontal images, or even both front and rear. We are working on creating a visual chart of the various territories to clarify coverage - if you have information about the type of system in place in your area, you can help by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details.
The cameras near me take video in addition to pictures. Won't this defeat the noPhoto?
Some cameras do indeed take video, but the video is used for accident and incident reconstruction instead of issuing tickets. Due to a variety of factors, there are currently no video systems authorized for speed ticket issuance in the United States; every system uses flash-based still image photography. There are certain standards and processes that the evidence must go through to be considered valid, and due to various factors (cost, lighting technology limitations, etc) only the still images meet these requirements. It is possible that in the future video technology will be refined and implemented, but this is likely years away.
Does the noPhoto defeat live police officers or LIDAR guns operated by humans?
No, the noPhoto is only designed to defeat automated speed enforcement technology, not speed enforcement that is carried out by live police officers. The noPhoto is not intended to interfere with speed enforcement that is actually being operated by humans - this includes radar guns, LIDAR guns, and handheld photo LIDAR guns.