Today I was driving on the highway and noticed two big traffic style cameras bolted to the back of a moving police patrol car. Both cameras were oriented forward, one "looking" to the left of the vehicle and one "looking" to the right. I couldnt capture a photo since I was driving, but wondered if this description sounded familiar to anyone else... and more to the point if anyone knew what this curiosity was.
Basically they're cameras that scan licence plates to identify if a vehicle is listed as stolen, missing, suspended, or as having an expired validation tag.
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I can't even get a mobile data terminal and some guys get all seeing cameras. Well, I guess some places just have more money.
Was this a Police patrol car, or some sort of parking enforcement vehicle?
What is the highway?
The Cincinnati Police Dept. has been using these cameras for the last couple of years. They drive down a neighborhood street or through a parking lot and the cameras scans the license plates on the parked vehicles. They can scan numerous plates just by driving by. No entering data into a computer by hand; just drive and let the cameras and computer do the work. If a plate comes up as being suspended or if it is on a stolen vehicle, it is flagged by the computer and the officer takes action at that point.
I have no problem with that approach to stolen vehicles, etc. That's law enforcement.
Turning it into a revenue raiser would be.
I guess this is the same as the police scanning license plates for expiration after the first of the month every month. Or like sobriety checkpoints where they check everybody, but, this seems ripe for a civil liberties lawsuit.
The cameras were mounted to the back of a Police Patrol Car (not parking enforcement). The vehicle was traveling south on I-287 in northern NJ.
The cameras were much less streamlined in appearance than the link above shows, and were bolted to the trunk of a Crown Vic instead of on top as the image shows. They literally looked like 2 traffic cameras.. big rectangular boxes.
Anyway, it was an odd sight, if I see one again I'll try to snap a photo.
In Canada there are two provinces that have a provincial police force, Ontario and Quebec. The letters OPP on the drivers door stands for Ontario Provincial Police.
What you call an interstate we call a highway.
And like good little sheeple, we put up with this nonsense.
One myth that needs destroyed and reversed: Driving is a privilege, not a right.
Bullcrap. Driving is a right, not a privilege.
Spread the word.
Had them on UK police cars for many years, enables them to immediately identify vehicles of interest .... Great idea IMO.
The link in your post doesn't work.
That's the problem with 6.5 year old links.
I am unaware of anything from the constitution on down that makes driving a "right". Please cite your legal source.
I noticed new cameras are installed on some intersections in Southern California cities.
How high are the cameras? If very high, they're likely traffic light control cameras:
There was another thread on fixed plate scanners -
How high are the cameras?
If very high, they're likely traffic light control cameras
Doesn't how high the cameras are depend on what they are using?
In the drivers license booklet that is put out by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles in the great State of Ohio, having a drivers license is a privilege, NOT a right.
How can you quote Alger Hiss as a legal source? Is he a POI Factory member?
A drivers license is also a privilege & not a right.
I believe that AlgerHiss may be referring to the concept of "right to travel" rather than "right to drive". I have heard of this rationale being used by people aligned with the Freeman on the Land movement.
I think these individuals view driving a car without governmental controls a "right" associated with the freedom of movement. I have never heard of anyone in Canada actually winning a court case by using that claim - and it probably has had the same result in the US.
I knew someone that thought having a driver license and putting a License plate on there care was not right and that it is there right to have it on or not. So, he took them off the car and sent them back along with his drivers license. He felt that having this was giving the government permission to "Spy and Track" him and his movement in travel.
He also was on one of those free radio station all about conspiracy and other stuff about the what the government is doing. He said that showing some peace of paper from some layer friend in Canada was all he needed for his freedom. Not sure what that was about! The guy was a bit off. I did lose contact with him last year.
is that my great grandfather, when Montana became a state and decided to restrict when what game could be taken and require hunting; fishing licenses the state always sent him an "unlimited" license so he could take whatever he wanted whenever he wanted it.
He also had a car, never took a drivers test, and they sent him a drivers license.
So that's as close to driving being a right as I can come up with.
My great grandfather died in 1964 at the age of 103. I'm sure his perception on most things was it was his right to do them regardless what the state said.
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