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    Exclamation CarPCs Allow Police more Donuts & Less Typing!

    After visiting the Georgia DOT (Dept. of Transportation) & using a LINK to look up some driving laws, I came across the way law enforcement is utilizing the Car PC. Police cars are being outfitted with multiple highly-advanced cameras that can automatically read and process license plates while the office is driving or cruising the parking lot. This system allows the officer to do download the latest hot list of "stolen, wanted, etc." tag numbers. When the system runs a plate on the hot list the officer is notified by a audible sound from the Car PC. With this technology police officer can run up to 300 plates in an hour! I have a video that you can download that is 4 min. long and will show you this system in action. Georgia does not currently have this system in place, but the fact that it is on the DOT site says the have interest in the system. The video takes place in Canada. What is your stance about the system?

    Note: The officer is using a "LILLIPUT" LCD Screen.

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    Interesting.

    On a similar note, a couple of year sago the local cops were trialling a system that allowed a camera to photograph and identify number plates in the same way you describe. They had set themselves up at the entrance to a local hangour where literally thousands of cars rock up to on a saturday night. The numberplates of the cars were automatically loaded into the well known 'hoon databse' for the states police database.

    Similarly they had a similar setup where they were using devices similar to speed camera on the side of the highway known for street racing, and it took the photo of every car going past. Obviously there would be normal people caught up in it all too, but when theres a pack of 100 cars in a rolling roadblock doing 40 kp/h in a 100 zone on the highway, bystanders tend to get out of the way. Not that I participate or condone such activities.

    I'd love to get the source for the program they are running that identifies that charachters of the plates. That'd be good fun to muck around with.

    P.S. Your posts says 300 platers hour, which is impressive. The video actually says they can scan 3000 plates an hour
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiSlo View Post
    P.S. Your posts says 300 platers hour, which is impressive. The video actually says they can scan 3000 plates an hour
    Thanks for the correction, I figured it had to be more!

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    Somehow, this strikes me as unreasonable search and seizure, at least in the US.

    I'm not saying it's a bad system, or that it won't help law enforcement do their job...
    I'm just saying that a cop driving down the road running every license place within visual range strikes me as something that human rights & privacy junkies would have a really serious problem with.

    The US Constitution provides all citizens with due process of law, part of which requires a warrant for any searches.
    Sure, you can drive down the street uninsured, but you're not going to get pulled over unless you violate a traffic law or are identified as a wanted suspect, usually for a more serious crime (lack of insurance or suspended license doesn't fall into this category, IMHO).

    Simply scanning cars that a cop drives by and running their plates is going to create a huge legal headache for any US law enforcement agencies that utilize ALPR in this way, methihnks.
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    I just watched Idiocracy the other day and this reminded me of it. I think the more automatic it all is, the less headache on the cops. They could also put little icons of the different offenses on the touchscreen too. LOL

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    Haha! Good one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    Somehow, this strikes me as unreasonable search and seizure, at least in the US.

    The US Constitution provides all citizens with due process of law, part of which requires a warrant for any searches.
    Sure, you can drive down the street uninsured, but you're not going to get pulled over unless you violate a traffic law or are identified as a wanted suspect, usually for a more serious crime (lack of insurance or suspended license doesn't fall into this category, IMHO).

    Simply scanning cars that a cop drives by and running their plates is going to create a huge legal headache for any US law enforcement agencies that utilize ALPR in this way, methihnks.
    Actually I got pulled over a couple weeks ago for "lack of insurance" (which was inaccurate). The officer I'm assuming, used something like this (or he is really good at driving at typing at the same time).

    This doesn't fall under any type of illegal search or seizure because your plate is in plain sight, and anything in plain view is searchable legally. In fact, an officer can pull you over and look in your windows and that doesn't constitute an illegal search. Now, if he was to get in the car and start searching through your glove compartment or your trunk without a warrant, that would be illegal.
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    If this could keep one drunk from hitting me I'll support it. Same for someone with no insurance. Drunk driving is not an accident. Too many solutions to get home.
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    Hey!!! That guy in the vid wasn't wearing his seat belt!!

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    You think you guys have a problem?

    They're thinking of putting GPS tracking in every car in UK so they can charge us by the mile instead of paying road tax. Of course, a by product of that is that they'll be able to check your speed every minute.........

    Makes me want to move to Australia!

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