Sunday, March 27, 2011

"All this is doing is advancing how plates are read"

The camera, mounted to the cruiser's light bar, can read more than 1,000 license plates an hour on cars traveling at speeds of up to 70 mph, Lt. Thomas Lynch said.
Police hope to have the new camera installed and officers trained on how to use it within 30 to 60 days, Lynch said.
Franklin got the camera with a $18,945 grant, one of 26 handed out totaling $500,000 that were recently awarded to local police departments by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to purchase the automated license plate readers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided the funding. 
"The price has come down a little bit, but it's still way out of our league," Lynch said, noting Franklin will pay $1,515 per year from its police budget for technical support and software updates beginning next year. "The grant looked like a great opportunity for us to get something we otherwise wouldn't have funds for." 
The reader can compare license plates to databases such as the Criminal Justice Information System and detect cars with drivers who have expired insurance, revoked licenses, felonies and many other violations, Lynch said.

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