The Indiana State Police are now using a new technology reader camera ($22,000 each) that will track thousands of Indiana drivers who are driving without a license. The new camera technology, equipped with the license plate reader software, can automatically check the status of drivers. They installed the new cameras in some police cars as a pilot project last June. The cameras are mounted to the rear deck of the police cruisers that have been tracking in the Putnamville, Lowell, Bremen and Sellersburg posts over the last few months.
There are about 4 million licensed drivers in Indiana, but police estimate that there are about 220,000 suspended drivers and another 30,000 who have had their license revoked. By the end of the year, Indiana State Police expects to link the camera system to the BMV, retrieving the data the state has on drivers.
The suspended driver is a threat to the public, due to their repeated unsafe driving behavior and failure to maintain insurance. This technology will identify unlicensed drivers and help make the roads safer for everyone.
Indiana State Police hopes the technology will assist its efforts to track unlicensed drivers. This technology will undoubtedly save lives by helping troopers identify unlicensed drivers and get them off the road.
The reader is capable of scanning up to 1,800 license plates per minute as a police car passes moving or parked vehicles. It can also read out-of-state plates and is linked into a national database of stolen vehicles or vehicles. It can also identify vehicles driven by someone reported as missing or those involved in Amber alerts.