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Scanning License Plates, Looking For Scofflaws - And Revenue

There are 76 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 21, 2009, titled Scanning License Plates, Looking For Scofflaws - And Revenue. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Here's what a cash cow looks like - a truck with two shoe-box-size black boxes with red camera lenses mounted on the hood.

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cameo35

Bloomfield, CT

#1 Feb 21, 2009
........"Big brother is watching you!".......
DDD

Richmond, MI

#2 Feb 21, 2009
... but if you're not doing anything wrong, what are you upset or worried about?
Freebyrd13

Litchfield, CT

#3 Feb 21, 2009
Why should law abiding citizens pick up the slack for these deadbeats. It's about time! Now if only they could come up with a device to identify illegal immigrants and welfare abusers. Our country would probably be in the black.
NEs Rising Shell

Tolland, CT

#4 Feb 21, 2009
DDD wrote:
... but if you're not doing anything wrong, what are you upset or worried about?
That's what Goebbels said...
doug

Manchester, CT

#5 Feb 21, 2009
Watch "Parking Wars" on A&E to see how this system plays out. People get sucked into a bureaucratic nightmare by this. Horrifying yet hysterically funny at the same time. Simple solution to hide from this system: don't park on the street.
Butt Naked

Keenesburg, CO

#6 Feb 21, 2009
People would pay their taxes if the taxes, fines and fees were reasonable. These cities don't control costs; they waste money; they have rich benefits for their employees and they have too many employees. They don't make cuts when they should and they hand the taxpayer the bill for it all. What they should do is throw the leaders of these cities in jail. They're robbing us and won't be satisfied until we're all in the poor house. This jackboot approach may help them wring the bucks out of every poor schlub struggling to make it today and it will take the food right out of the mouths of their children. And just for the record, CJ Cuti from New Haven is a jerk of a tax collector and relishes the jack boot approach as does his "compassionate" and profligate spender John DeStefano. Jokes all.

“US Elects Fake”

Since: Aug 07

East of the River

#7 Feb 21, 2009
"We don't collect those taxes. We're not an arm of that agency," Reimondo said. "These are the kinds of legal issues raised by cutting-edge technology."

Oooops, there's the end of a career. Police chief Matthew Reimondo better get with the program. That's about all the police are seen to be good for by our elected officials. Another source of revenue. Speed traps, seat belt and cellphone checkpoints, etc... It shouldn't be that way but face facts, it is. Chief Reimondo is likely to get a talking to on Monday morning.
Skeptic

Danielson, CT

#8 Feb 21, 2009
DDD wrote:
... but if you're not doing anything wrong, what are you upset or worried about?
Nazis and communists employed this very argument.

Just obey, Sheep.... The masters know what's good for you...
freddie kilowat

Bangor, ME

#9 Feb 21, 2009
How about a camera to look and peak
in people's houses?
We are surrendering our freedom to
political hacks. Forever office holders.
Brian B

New London, CT

#10 Feb 21, 2009
Why should anyone taxes? No one nominated in Obama's cabinet is. Oh, that's right, we should pay them to pay someone else's mortgage. This scanner is in fact illegal because it is conducting searches and seizures without probable cause or warrants. Look for a future lawsuit.
SIG

AOL

#11 Feb 21, 2009
We need a scofflaw bailout program funded by a registration surcharge applied to all law-abiding CT drivers.

I should run for a position in the Barack Hussein Obama Administration.
Bill

Orange, CT

#12 Feb 21, 2009
This is a great idea. The more technology that can be employed in law enforcement and location of tax evaders, the less honest law-abiding citizens have to pay in taxes. The article emphasizes the resultant income, but I think it will reduce the number of scoff-laws that sometimes seem to be tolerated in modern society because there are too many to actively pursue without help from technology. I can't imagine how the "invasion of privacy" issue became part of this story.
Mineral tea

Shelton, CT

#13 Feb 21, 2009
Bill wrote:
This is a great idea. The more technology that can be employed in law enforcement and location of tax evaders, the less honest law-abiding citizens have to pay in taxes.
WRONG. The more they can collect the more the corrupt liberal hacks spend. They won't stop until they take it all. Or until we the people say "No more!" and stop them. Again.
Michael Sander

United States

#14 Feb 21, 2009
Brian B wrote:
Why should anyone taxes? No one nominated in Obama's cabinet is. Oh, that's right, we should pay them to pay someone else's mortgage. This scanner is in fact illegal because it is conducting searches and seizures without probable cause or warrants. Look for a future lawsuit.
Nice try but no. Nowhere in the constitution are we given the right to not have our plates run while parked on a public highway.
NH Tower Was Tax Scofflaw

United States

#15 Feb 21, 2009
From the New Haven Independent.
http://www.newhavenindependent.org/archives/2...
“Plate Hunter” Was A Scofflaw, Too
by Melissa Bailey | February 20, 2009 4:32 PM |
Paul Bass File Photo
On the first day back on the job after a three-month hiatus, New Haven’s controversial Plate Hunter program hit a new speed bump: One of the companies the city hired to snatch scofflaws cars turned out to be a scofflaw itself.
A red tow truck, plate number 10519, was on the prowl Friday morning, as the city launched the second year of an aggressive tax-collection program. Using a plate-scanning device, the wrecker’s crew searched for scofflaws’ cars to seize.
It turned out the wrecker was eligible to be seized itself: Lombard Motors LLC, owed $1,064.73 in back taxes the tow truck, according to city records.
When city spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga learned of the news from the Independent Friday afternoon, she said the company’s owner, Anthony Monaco, faced losing city work for a second time if he didn’t pay up.
The city tax collector, CJ Cuticello, called Monaco to notify him of the problem. Monaco rushed in and made the payment at 4:25 p.m., Mayorga said.
Bill

Willimantic, CT

#16 Feb 21, 2009
I think it is a great idea. As a connecticut driver who pays his vehicle taxes and keeps them insured I think it is about time these low lifes that cheat start getting caught.
jeff

El Paso, TX

#17 Feb 21, 2009
in that hell hole called New Haven, where illegal aliens are protected and good people snooped upon by the pigs perhaps if your taxation program was more fair, like NOT taxing the vehicle once the buyer pays the sales tax, but no the welfare state must survive, you all suck
SIG

AOL

#18 Feb 21, 2009
NH Tower Was Tax Scofflaw wrote:
From the New Haven Independent.
http://www.newhavenindependent.org/archives/2...
“Plate Hunter” Was A Scofflaw, Too
by Melissa Bailey | February 20, 2009 4:32 PM |
Paul Bass File Photo
On the first day back on the job after a three-month hiatus, New Haven’s controversial Plate Hunter program hit a new speed bump: One of the companies the city hired to snatch scofflaws cars turned out to be a scofflaw itself.
A red tow truck, plate number 10519, was on the prowl Friday morning, as the city launched the second year of an aggressive tax-collection program. Using a plate-scanning device, the wrecker’s crew searched for scofflaws’ cars to seize.
It turned out the wrecker was eligible to be seized itself: Lombard Motors LLC, owed $1,064.73 in back taxes the tow truck, according to city records.
When city spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga learned of the news from the Independent Friday afternoon, she said the company’s owner, Anthony Monaco, faced losing city work for a second time if he didn’t pay up.
The city tax collector, CJ Cuticello, called Monaco to notify him of the problem. Monaco rushed in and made the payment at 4:25 p.m., Mayorga said.
Sounds like what Obama did with his 20-year-old, Harvard parking tickets during his Presidential campaign. Of course, he sent a coat holder to pay them for him to save him the embarrassment.
Beyond me

Mystic, CT

#19 Feb 21, 2009
The article states, "New Britain deadbeats owe nearly $1 million in unpaid parking tickets and nearly $16 million in overdue car taxes dating back 15 years, so the chances of making money are good." I thought the state would not issue a license or registration until back taxes were paid. Somebody isn't doing what they are supposed to.
Hari Edo

Manchester, CT

#20 Feb 21, 2009
Michael Sander wrote, "Nowhere in the constitution are we given the right to not have our plates run while parked on a public highway."

The Constitution does not list the rights we have, the Constitution lists the powers the Federal government has. Read Amendment 9 and Amendment 10 sometime, they were intended to clarify this even though the Constitution already should work this way. People confuse this all the time, and that's why we have stupid sheeple who allow an ever-more-invasive police force.

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