Article on speed cam at wall street journal, nice read
Municipalities are establishing ever-more-clever snares. Last month, in a push to collect overdue taxes, the City Council in New Britain, Conn., approved the purchase of a $17,000 infrared-camera called "Plate Hunter." Mounted on a police car, the device automatically reads the license plates of every passing car and alerts the officer if the owner has failed to pay traffic tickets or is delinquent on car taxes. Police can then pull the cars over and impound them.
I hope they use this technology to arrest actual criminal that has committed a more serious crime.
Unfortunately... Looking for revenue is now one of the most important aspects of community officials...
Interesting too, that it starts with Schaumburg, IL. They are in the process of a big turnover in city government because of all the *alleged* corruption.
The numbers listed for installed cameras between the two players showing growth.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
We elect these people So if you don't
like the trip change roads. Vote the
dumb democrats out
Or maybe they're looking for vehicles with suspended / revoked registration, un-insured or stolen tags?
Why does everyone automatically assume their rights are being infringed upon? Do you really think you have a RIGHT to own or drive a car?? Sorry, but it's just a priviledge.
They also use this technology to search for drivers with criminal warrants that are attached to the registration, as they do here in AZ.
I hope they do catch people not paying their taxes - I for one am tired of supporting those people. I also hope they use the tech to catch known criminals and recover stolen vehicles.
Unfortunately... Why does everyone automatically assume their rights are being infringed upon? Do you really think you have a RIGHT to own or drive a car?? Sorry, but it's just a priviledge.
Driving is a priviledge. Owning a car is a right. Taxes and fees are the law. If drivers don't pay the fees or taxes, then they're breaking the law. Plate readers are useful in stopping unlicensed and uninsured motorists and spotting stolen cars. I could swear the NYS DEC are using the to pull over hunters during the big game season. Our drivers licenses are tied to hunting licenses.
In the age of technology states, cities and counties are using more and more to collect more revenue.
I would like to say, those politicians that implement these laws are assuring that their pensions are collected even after they leave office.
Laws are passed for a reason, but remember the laws were passed by Republicans and Democrats, don`t slam the parties.
run hot exhaust over the plate. or put some sort of heated element in a ring around it
should blur any infrared photos
New York has a system in testing now that mounts two cameras on the roofs of police cars. The car drives down the street at 30 MPH and the cameras scan the license plates of cars on both sides of the street.
I am glad to see them ticket or tow cars with suspended plates, no insurance etc.
The police should be protecting the rights of people that follow the rules. They should not be protecting people that are breaking the law.
...Owning a car is a right...
I missed that amendment
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