Monday, July 30, 2012
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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.