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Tag scanners rake in citations, prompt arrests

New digital license plate scanners have been mounted to some Albany Police cars to help catch more stolen vehicles, stolen tags and expired registrations, officials say.

New digital license plate scanners have been mounted to some Albany Police cars to help catch more stolen vehicles, stolen tags and expired registrations, officials say.

ALBANY, Ga. — While not as dramatic as some departments in our region, the Albany Police Department has seen a marked increase in the number of traffic citations since deploying four license plate scanners July 11.

According to documents obtained by The Herald listing traffic citations and arrests between July 11 and July 20 — the first nine days the units were deployed — officers with the tag readers wrote 126 citations, discovered one stolen vehicle, served five warrants and arrested six fugitives by utilizing the new technology.

The tag readers, which are mounted on the rear of police cars, actively scan the plates of passing cars and run the information instantaneously through the national crime information computer and the state crime information computer to check for outstanding warrants, expired license information and any insurance holds.

According to the data obtained by The Herald, 58 citations were issued for drivers driving on suspended registrations, 24 citations were issued for uninsured motorists and seven citations were issued for driving on suspended or revoked licenses.

At least one stolen vehicle was recovered, and 33 other citations were issued for a variety of charges. At least five warrants were served.

Using Municipal Court fine sheets for first-time offenders, the citations issued for suspended registration, uninsured motorists and suspended or revoked licenses during the nine-day period should generate at least $52,382.

The plate readers can scan up to 1,800 tags per minute on vehicles traveling under 100 mph, officials say.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 12 months ago

Good luck actually getting the CA$H !!!!!

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Hoodie 1 year, 12 months ago

And the police department is to protect and serve not to generate revenue? Bahahaha

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ontario1966 1 year, 12 months ago

That's true on getting the cash? But I am glad this system is out there! I have been by two of the scanner police cars, I bet my tag was read, and I just smiled knowing I'm law abiding citizen

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rightasrain 1 year, 12 months ago

Invasion of privacy! I am also a law abiding citizen; automobiles properly registered, proper insurance coverage, abide by speed limits but I still believe this is just another intrusion on my privacy as an American Citizen. On a lighter note: I bet these officers with said scanners wish they weren't on their cruisers because now they'll have to do something other than recklessly speed down the highway with their eyes glazed over from too many KK Doughnuts.

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VSU 1 year, 12 months ago

Invasion of privacy indeed, but if you are obeying the law and have your license and insurance etc. You have nothing to worry about.

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Jacob 1 year, 12 months ago

Wonder why the impact is less significant in this community as compared to others nearby. Could it be that apd isn't conducting stops on all the hits generated? If they do, the traffic in albany should decrease drastically, due to all the idiots driving without insurance and on suspended license.

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guardian 1 year, 12 months ago

Because the City has only bought 4 so far and they have to train officers to use them.

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waltspecht 1 year, 12 months ago

Glad that these folks are getting taken off the street. They aren't generating revenue, they are simply allowing those that chose to take a risk to pay a price for taking that risk.

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mik178 1 year, 12 months ago

I MUST AGREE. THIS IS INVASION OF PRIVACEY. THESE THINGS MEAN LESS REAL POLICE WORK FOR AN ALREADY LAZY POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE LEGAL DOES NOT MEAN THAT THESE SCANNERS DO NOT COLLECT YOUR INFORMATION. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU GOT A TICKET IN THE MAIL ONE DAY JUST BECAUSE YOU FORGOT TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE OR YOUR INSURACE PAYMENT GOT LOST IN THE MAIL.

THE POINT IS THIS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF OUR GOVERNMENT TELLING US HOW WE WILL LIVE AND WHAT WE WILL DO. BELIEVE ME THESE THINGS WILL END UP ON EVERY CORNER AND EVERY STREETLIGHT AND EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT SCANNED GOING DOWN THE ROAD THESE COMPUTERS WILL KNOW WHEN YOUR REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL EXPIRE.

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Jacob 1 year, 12 months ago

you are not all that bright, are you? no one is getting tickets in the mail. relax and back away from the conspiracy crack pipe. it is just good technology used to catch those who are in obvious violation of the law. when you get wrecked by some drunk illegal with no insurance and have to pay for the bill yourself, you will get off your liberal effete high horse.

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