CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- A strange-looking patrol car now roams the streets in Camden County.
The Camden County Sheriff's Office is testing a License Plate Reader, a device that automatically reads the license plates of vehicles within approximately a quarter-mile of the patrol vehicle.
The device works in stationary and roving modes and reads the plates of all 50 states.
The device checks databases at a high rate of speed and can determine with a high rate of accuracy whether or not the license plate registration is invalid, the vehicle or owner attached to that license plate has valid automobile insurance, the vehicle plate is stolen, and even if the owner of the vehicle has a valid driver's license.
Before any traffic stop is made the plate information is run through GCIC to verify accuracy.
This is an effective use of the current technology to allow the deputies to work smarter. The device merely allows the deputy to work quicker at what he/she already has the authority to do.
According to Camden County Police, the device has worked very well. LPR allows them to enforce the laws of the state of Georgia in an effective, consistent manner.
Those who drive without insurance merely increase the risk and cost for the law abiding drivers. The same goes for citizens who do not pay for a valid vehicle registration.