Monday, February 18, 2013
FWPD has automatic license plate readers now.
This has been brought to my attention. 1. I hope that this isn't used to track the movements of law abiding citizens. If this gadget records and saves every license plate it ever sees, that could be potentially used for abuse. An officer could potentially used such a database to say, learn his estranged wife's daily routine. So license plates that police are not actively searching for should not be recorded by this device. 2. This could reduce the potential for mistaken identity, although police still need to apply common sense and caution when the device says it has a match. Maybe snow and road grime can make a "1" look like an "I" to HAL 9000. Or maybe a fugitive who drives the same make and model as I do decided he likes my license plate more than the one the BMV gave him. (Now that has occurred to me, I'm going to start checking my own plate every time I go out.)