TheNewspaper.com: Driving Politics
Home >Miscellaneous Issues > New Technologies > New Zealand: License Flipper Leads to High-Speed Chase 
Print It Email It Tweet It

2/23/2006
New Zealand: License Flipper Leads to High-Speed Chase
James Bond-style plate flipper defeats speed cameras but not pursuing police officers.

Bond license plate
A New Zealand motorcyclist who avoided speed camera tickets with a clever gadget was caught after a daring high-speed chase. Garry Leonard Muzyka placed a lever on the side of his motorcycle that allowed him to tilt the rear license plate to prevent it from being photographed. James Bond films introduced many to the concept as the series' signature Aston Martin DB7 was equipped with a license plate that could rotate at the press of a button.

On August 31 at 1:35pm Muzyka blasted past a speed trap on State Highway 5, driving 154km/h (95 MPH) in a 100 zone (62 MPH). Speed cameras couldn't catch him, so police initiated a chase that wound through city streets at high speed. It ended when the Cambridge Heights resident collided with the side of a police car. Muzyka's attorney, Bill Dabney, says police intentionally rammed the motorcycle.

Muzyka pled guilty yesterday to speeding, failing to stop for police and dangerous driving. He was fined NZ$1640 (US $1085) and banned from driving for six months. He was not charged for using his gadget.

Source: Bond-style gadget hid plate from police eyes (Bay of Plenty Times (NZ), 2/23/2006)

Regional News:
Other news about New Zealand



Permanent Link for this item
Return to Front Page


Related News
Europe Deploys Next Generation Speed Cameras

New Moving Speed Camera Blends With Freeway Traffic

Traffic Camera Vendor Introduces New Measurement Technology

Russians Develop DUI Camera

Oklahoma To Deploy Photo Ticketing Cameras Statewide




View Main Topics:

Get Email Updates
Subscribe with Google
Subscribe via RSS or E-Mail

Back To Front Page


Front Page | Get Updates | Site Map | News Archive | Search | RSS Feed
TheNewspaper.com: Driving politics
TheNewspaper.com