Tag scanners getting workout

ALBANY, Ga. — Deploying license plate scanners on Albany Police Department patrol cars has turned out to be a good investment.

A log sheet for license plate recognition activity from July 14 through November 2012 shows that 1,166 stops have been made that led to catching 300 drivers with suspended registration, 130 without insurance, 27 reckless drivers, five fugitives, the recovery of two stolen vehicles and more.

“What it doesn’t show is the number of cars towed off the streets as illegal. That is important for safety,” APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said. “The system has been a good tool that has more than paid for itself.”

Four tag readers mounted on the rear of patrol cars identify vehicles by their license plates. Once identified, a computer system can discover if there are any violations or suspensions attached to the plate.


FryarTuk 2 years, 10 months ago

Now if they can find a way to determine where all these people driving cars with New York and Florida license plates live?


waltspecht 2 years, 10 months ago

Richland and Dawson are doing a thriving business with theirs. I would have thought they would be reducing the number of stops by taking people and their vehicles off the street. From the continued stops I see in Dawson, that doesn't seem to be happening. I have been told an average stop is for Insurance, tags and suspended license, producing between $2,000 and $3,000 a stop. How much have these communities generated in revenue per monthper scanner would be an interesting question.


chinaberry25 2 years, 10 months ago

So that is the reason Dawson has a cop sitting everyday in the median. They should get a bundle.


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