It’s the case of the
disappearing license plate, and Illinois lawmakers think they’ve found the
Senators in the
state are working on a bill that would outlaw a chemical spray that can make a
vehicle’s tags virtually invisible to police cameras.
The product, which
is manufactured under the brand name “Photoblocker” by a company called
Phantomplate, is a spray-on substance that puts a clear, high-gloss finish on
The shiny finish is
nearly invisible to the naked eye, according to the product’s Web site and
reports by a number of television investigations. When red light cameras, speed
cameras and toll cameras try to shoot the plate, however, their flashes create
a glare that obscures the plate’s numbers, making it unreadable.
If the bill passes,
anyone caught using the spray will have his or her license revoked.
The bill, which was
passed by the Senate, must now go before the House and the governor before it
can become law.