Police scan license plates

Police scan license plates

There are 20 comments on the Jacksonsun.com story from Feb 25, 2011, titled Police scan license plates. In it, Jacksonsun.com reports that:

Jackson police unveiled new equipment Thursday that has been installed in some police cruisers to automatically scan license plates of cars on the road.

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Lynn

Calhoun, LA

#1 Feb 27, 2011
Another form of what???? Racial profiiling. Are they going to be in a certain part of the city or just in East Jackson??? And this is for what reason??? Oh to make the so called poilice officers job a little bit easier?? Please do something constructive like,removing the crooked cops of the force!!!! Especially the ones selling drugs thenselves!!!!! Shame on the crooked Criminal Justice System,tasers werent enough????
As if

Lexington, TN

#2 Feb 27, 2011
Lynn wrote:
Another form of what???? Racial profiiling. Are they going to be in a certain part of the city or just in East Jackson??? And this is for what reason??? Oh to make the so called poilice officers job a little bit easier?? Please do something constructive like,removing the crooked cops of the force!!!! Especially the ones selling drugs thenselves!!!!! Shame on the crooked Criminal Justice System,tasers werent enough????
JPD doesn't have tazers. And the LPR's are no different than the cop running the tag theirselves. It has nothing to do with profiling or evasion of privacy. It's a proactive approach to catch wanted ppl, ppl driving on suspended, revoked, etc. And locates stolen cars and tags. So, before you complain, research what you are talking about.
babymama

Medon, TN

#3 Feb 27, 2011
they can now catch my baby daddy when he falls behind on that child support. THANK YOU THANK YOU:)
ThomasA

Gadsden, AL

#4 Feb 27, 2011
It's the system that is on the TV show about the parking enforcement officers in Philadelphia. They drive down the streets and the scanner very quickly picks up targeted tags where people owe for Unpaid parking and traffic violations. It's hard to try to locate criminals in traffic unless there is probable cause to pull someone over so this system will take the bad guys off the street........ Now if they could just figure a way to get the left lane tail draggers out of the way!!!!!
blacknblue

Medon, TN

#6 Feb 28, 2011
ThomasA wrote:
It's the system that is on the TV show about the parking enforcement officers in Philadelphia. They drive down the streets and the scanner very quickly picks up targeted tags where people owe for Unpaid parking and traffic violations. It's hard to try to locate criminals in traffic unless there is probable cause to pull someone over so this system will take the bad guys off the street........ Now if they could just figure a way to get the left lane tail draggers out of the way!!!!!
This scanner is designed for a cruiser to be in traffic and scan plates. A warning flag will come up if that person has a warrant and that itself is probable cause to pull someone over. This isnt just for unpaid parking. GO JPD!!!! GOOD JOBS GUYS!!!
Wow

United States

#7 Feb 28, 2011
Lynn, you need to be slapped. I can't even believe you said "so called" police officers. One day if someone shoots you and you're laying in a pool of blood, will you be talking so badly about the officers standing over you then?

I think this plate scanning is awesome. I guess even if your car gets stolen and they find it due to that technology, you will throw a fit and tell them to give your car back to the thief?

This finds people who are driving without licenses (if the car is registered to them), finds stolen cars, etc. Also, when the owner of the vehicle comes back after the plates are ran, if there is a warrant on them (for murdering your family member, perhaps), they will know it.

This isn't racial profiling. What a moron.
Lisa

Dalton, GA

#8 Mar 4, 2011
Lynn wrote:
Another form of what???? Racial profiiling. Are they going to be in a certain part of the city or just in East Jackson??? And this is for what reason??? Oh to make the so called poilice officers job a little bit easier?? Please do something constructive like,removing the crooked cops of the force!!!! Especially the ones selling drugs thenselves!!!!! Shame on the crooked Criminal Justice System,tasers werent enough????
Sounds to me like you might be a little worried.
geez

United States

#9 Mar 4, 2011
What a moron! What race are license plates Lisa? I thought it was just a piece of metal.
haka

Washington, DC

#10 Aug 1, 2011
What you think is a good thing may not be. The tighting of your liberties is getting tighter. Cops are part of the F.O.P brother hood and they are lap dogs to there masters .
fop

United States

#11 Aug 1, 2011
Not all cops are members. It is optional and you must pay dues to be a member.
another thing

Dayton, TN

#13 Aug 1, 2011
ThomasA wrote:
It's the system that is on the TV show about the parking enforcement officers in Philadelphia. They drive down the streets and the scanner very quickly picks up targeted tags where people owe for Unpaid parking and traffic violations. It's hard to try to locate criminals in traffic unless there is probable cause to pull someone over so this system will take the bad guys off the street........ Now if they could just figure a way to get the left lane tail draggers out of the way!!!!!
This is but just one more way to skip around probable cause to pull someone over. I suggest all police badges have integrated video and audio to record ALL activity while on the public time clock. They have no more right to privacy in theoir PUBLIC job as I do at my private job. So when can we start going online, clicking on a particular cop and see and hear everything they do? Sounds GREAT to me but I bet cops would hate the public watching them but they sure want to watch you. Ever notice how police get all freaked out when they realize a cell phone is video recording them?
hope

United States

#14 Aug 2, 2011
The license plate readers are a bad idea. The most serious concern is the fact the DRIVER of a vehicle has to nothing wrong to be pulled over.
The only legal and practical use of such a device is to locate license plates that have been reported as Stolen, Registered to a stolen vehicle, or Registered to a vehicle associated with an individual that has been reported as Endangered or Missing.
Police are treading troubled constitutional waters when used for any other reason. Why? According to information released by the manufacturers and in some cases where the use of such devices are challenged, police mis-use is the key to this devices having an impact.
Say a driver's license is valid, but the registered owner of that tag has a revoked license. The officer is stopping the car and checking the license of the driver for the sole purpose of determining whether of the license is valid. The problem? Here in Texas, like most states, generally ONLY an agent of our state's department of motor vehicle/safety can stop a driver and check his license for the sole purpose of knowing if he is valid. Local departments are barred from such. Tennessee is reported to be a state with the same laws.
Another issue is if the registered owner of the vehicle has a want or warrant. Anyone driving that vehicle is suject to being stopped and identified - every time, not just once, but every time the machine alerts on said tag. Most machines go further. Most systems we evaluated are programmed to alert on registered addresses also for wants or warrants. What does that mean? Say a man named Bob Bills rents a house at 123 Any Street in Dallas, TX. Bob commits a murder and goes on on the run. His active warrant is registered and listed as having said address. Now, Bob is nowhere to be found and YOU move into the newly vacated address 123 Any Street. You drive buy a car and register the tag with an address of 123 Any Street. Your tag has now been associated with fugitive Bob. The system alerts the officer that a murderer has the same address as you and you maybe Bob!
Silly, but true. The other frightening aspect is every scanned tag is recorded and archived. So, at any moment the an officer - or assistant secretary, clerk, or intern with access to the database can check your tag and see when and where your tag has passed a police with the system in use.
Scary.
Make yourself aware and be vigilant. If you are a victim of such errant/unlawful traffic stops make sure you file complaints. It is our jobs as citizens to restrict and enforce our liberty upon the governmemt we elect.

Dave Martin
ACLU associate, Dallas, TX
hope

United States

#15 Aug 2, 2011
another thing wrote:
<quoted text> This is but just one more way to skip around probable cause to pull someone over. I suggest all police badges have integrated video and audio to record ALL activity while on the public time clock. They have no more right to privacy in theoir PUBLIC job as I do at my private job. So when can we start going online, clicking on a particular cop and see and hear everything they do? Sounds GREAT to me but I bet cops would hate the public watching them but they sure want to watch you. Ever notice how police get all freaked out when they realize a cell phone is video recording them?
I agree! What could it hurt? The technology is here and practical.
jekyl

Fayette, AL

#16 Aug 2, 2011
geez wrote:
What a moron! What race are license plates Lisa? I thought it was just a piece of metal.
LMAO!!! exactly what I was thinking.
Blondie

Chattanooga, TN

#17 Aug 4, 2011
Yet, another waste of taxpayer $$$.
Fair Play

Hilo, HI

#18 Sep 12, 2011
hope wrote:
The license plate readers are a bad idea. The most serious concern is the fact the DRIVER of a vehicle has to nothing wrong to be pulled over.
The only legal and practical use of such a device is to locate license plates that have been reported as Stolen, Registered to a stolen vehicle, or Registered to a vehicle associated with an individual that has been reported as Endangered or Missing.
Police are treading troubled constitutional waters when used for any other reason. Why? According to information released by the manufacturers and in some cases where the use of such devices are challenged, police mis-use is the key to this devices having an impact.
Say a driver's license is valid, but the registered owner of that tag has a revoked license. The officer is stopping the car and checking the license of the driver for the sole purpose of determining whether of the license is valid. The problem? Here in Texas, like most states, generally ONLY an agent of our state's department of motor vehicle/safety can stop a driver and check his license for the sole purpose of knowing if he is valid. Local departments are barred from such. Tennessee is reported to be a state with the same laws.
Another issue is if the registered owner of the vehicle has a want or warrant. Anyone driving that vehicle is suject to being stopped and identified - every time, not just once, but every time the machine alerts on said tag. Most machines go further. Most systems we evaluated are programmed to alert on registered addresses also for wants or warrants. What does that mean? Say a man named Bob Bills rents a house at 123 Any Street in Dallas, TX. Bob commits a murder and goes on on the run. His active warrant is registered and listed as having said address. Now, Bob is nowhere to be found and YOU move into the newly vacated address 123 Any Street. You drive buy a car and register the tag with an address of 123 Any Street. Your tag has now been associated with fugitive Bob. The system alerts the officer that a murderer has the same address as you and you maybe Bob!
Silly, but true. The other frightening aspect is every scanned tag is recorded and archived. So, at any moment the an officer - or assistant secretary, clerk, or intern with access to the database can check your tag and see when and where your tag has passed a police with the system in use.
Scary.
Make yourself aware and be vigilant. If you are a victim of such errant/unlawful traffic stops make sure you file complaints. It is our jobs as citizens to restrict and enforce our liberty upon the governmemt we elect.
Dave Martin
ACLU associate, Dallas, TX
Dave,
I myself have concerns for the civil liberties of people in this country. Scanners are not one of my concerns. The issuses you raised are correctable after first contact. Info would be adjusted in the system and Bill Bob shouldn't be troubled again. If the police making contact with you is a problem for someone they can get over it. No harm, no foul. If the scanner alerts on a vehicle being driven by someone other than the owner but themselves are driving on a suspended licence then they were breaking the law the moment they got behind the wheel. This is not a privicy issue. Someone may be able to find out when I passed a police car? What valuable info for someone to have! We need to ensure the enforcement agencies follow the law but we do not need to find ways to keep crimnals on the streets. It's a balancing act for sure. You can come up with hypotheroical situations to rebuke nearly any program in this country. But ask yourself if it's reasonable, probable or truely harmful. In this case the answer has to be no. Please put your considerable talents to work defending our constitutional rights, privacy in our homes and true harassment from authorities.
guest

Lexington, TN

#19 Sep 12, 2011
Say what ya need to say. Perhaps, condense your words. We don't have time to read a book!
ActualUser

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Sep 12, 2011
Fair Play wrote:
<quoted text>
Dave,
I myself have concerns for the civil liberties of people in this country. Scanners are not one of my concerns. The issuses you raised are correctable after first contact. Info would be adjusted in the system and Bill Bob shouldn't be troubled again. If the police making contact with you is a problem for someone they can get over it. No harm, no foul. If the scanner alerts on a vehicle being driven by someone other than the owner but themselves are driving on a suspended licence then they were breaking the law the moment they got behind the wheel. This is not a privicy issue. Someone may be able to find out when I passed a police car? What valuable info for someone to have! We need to ensure the enforcement agencies follow the law but we do not need to find ways to keep crimnals on the streets. It's a act for sure. You can come up with hypotheroical situations to rebuke nearly any program in this country. But ask yourself if it's reasonable, probable or truely harmful. In this case the answer has to be no. Please put your considerable talents to work defending our constitutional rights, privacy in our homes and true harassment from authorities.
Theory? Nope. The hypothetical situations I read above are dead on. It happens. I know. I am as frustrated as the poor citizen that gets pulled over and over. The only check or balance there is is the fact that there are so many unjustified or false hits, many of us just ignore the screen. It is a waste of tax money. Now that the 'new' has worn off its not as bad, but it is still a case law away from extinction.
stfu

Jackson, TN

#22 Sep 13, 2011
hope wrote:
The license plate readers are a bad idea. The most serious concern is the fact the DRIVER of a vehicle has to nothing wrong to be pulled over.
The only legal and practical use of such a device is to locate license plates that have been reported as Stolen, Registered to a stolen vehicle, or Registered to a vehicle associated with an individual that has been reported as Endangered or Missing.
Police are treading troubled constitutional waters when used for any other reason. Why? According to information released by the manufacturers and in some cases where the use of such devices are challenged, police mis-use is the key to this devices having an impact.
Say a driver's license is valid, but the registered owner of that tag has a revoked license. The officer is stopping the car and checking the license of the driver for the sole purpose of determining whether of the license is valid. The problem? Here in Texas, like most states, generally ONLY an agent of our state's department of motor vehicle/safety can stop a driver and check his license for the sole purpose of knowing if he is valid. Local departments are barred from such. Tennessee is reported to be a state with the same laws.
Another issue is if the registered owner of the vehicle has a want or warrant. Anyone driving that vehicle is suject to being stopped and identified - every time, not just once, but every time the machine alerts on said tag. Most machines go further. Most systems we evaluated are programmed to alert on registered addresses also for wants or warrants. What does that mean? Say a man named Bob Bills rents a house at 123 Any Street in Dallas, TX. Bob commits a murder and goes on on the run. His active warrant is registered and listed as having said address. Now, Bob is nowhere to be found and YOU move into the newly vacated address 123 Any Street. You drive buy a car and register the tag with an address of 123 Any Street. Your tag has now been associated with fugitive Bob. The system alerts the officer that a murderer has the same address as you and you maybe Bob!
Silly, but true. The other frightening aspect is every scanned tag is recorded and archived. So, at any moment the an officer - or assistant secretary, clerk, or intern with access to the database can check your tag and see when and where your tag has passed a police with the system in use.
Scary.
Make yourself aware and be vigilant. If you are a victim of such errant/unlawful traffic stops make sure you file complaints. It is our jobs as citizens to restrict and enforce our liberty upon the governmemt we elect.
Dave Martin
ACLU associate, Dallas, TX
dave martin is a dumbazz
Really

Jasper, TN

#23 Sep 13, 2011
Omg all the things to complain about and you want to complain about this? I love this idea! Think of how much faster a kidnapped child could be recovered, or your stolen car. As for the people driving someone elses car, it's easy... Don't drive a criminals car. If you abbide by the law and still get pulled over it won't take long to be cleared. The only people that should be worried is the people who brake the law.

Oh and as far as privacy, the police already wear recorders on thier belts and have cameras in their cars, don't run from them and you will stay on camera!

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