The Police Are Scanning You

Have you seen those police cars with huge cameras on the trunk? They’re scanning your license plates.

These automated license plate readers have been a fairly hot topic in Virginia for the past couple of years. The Attorney General even issued an Official Opinion in 2013 regarding their use.

I just ran across a news article that provides insight into how different police departments around Virginia are using this technology. I definitely recommend reading it, especially if you’re concerned about law enforcement gathering data while you carry about your everyday business.

What I find ridiculous is that the Hampton Police Department even admits that they didn’t find a single stolen car in the three years that they used their plate reader. They sold it to the Treasurer’s Department, so they could use it to collect personal property taxes.

The other use I figure we’ll see more of is looking for suspended drivers. And why are many people suspended? Unpaid fines.

These license plate readers aren’t about crime fighting. They’re about money collection.

photo by joebeone

Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then, I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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