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If you want to avoid a speeding fine then don't speed - simple. But it seems there may be another way to avoid getting snapped by a speed cameras.

Physics students at the University of Leicester have discovered that you can escape detection if you drive past a speed camera very, very fast. So fats that the camera does not see your number plate.

So what's the catch? Well it seems that for this trick to work, you'd need to be travelling at one sixth the speed of light, or 119 million miles per hour.

For those interested in the science bit, the calculations are based on the Doppler Effect which causes light to shift frequency. The faster the object travels, the greater the shift.

For the frequency of the yellow plate to shift enough to move outside the visible rage of the camera it would need to travel 53 million metres per second or 199 million mph.

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Posted on Thursday, March 27 @ 07:11:49 UTC by Darren Griffin

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