Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Blog post on Schenectady and new license plate reader

I was tipped off to this post on new technology in Schenectady, and asked to post my thoughts about it.

It will probably not surprise regular readers to know I'm not fond of the idea of police having a scanner reading license plates seemingly at random as the police vehicle drives down the street. A bit too much Big Brother.

Concerns include the accuracy of the device. What if the device misreads a plate and this leads to a traffic stop ... and something goes wrong?

The discussion also indicates how much money will be brought in by catching all these scofflaws. But the reality is that many scofflaws will eventually be brought in anyway when something else happens -- driver license renewal; regular traffic stop; insurance renewal; etc. So it's not that more money will be generated, but rather that it will come in a little quicker.

On the other hand, I can't say I'm losing a lot of sleep over this issue either way. There are bigger fish to fry.
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