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    License Plate reading cameras

    What is your opinion on cameras mounted on police cars that read plates and automatically do a search?

    Is it a warrantless search?
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    Re: License Plate reading cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by prometeus View Post
    What is your opinion on cameras mounted on police cars that read plates and automatically do a search?

    Is it a warrantless search?
    No. It is a publicly displayed item.
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    Re: License Plate reading cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by prometeus View Post
    What is your opinion on cameras mounted on police cars that read plates and automatically do a search?

    Is it a warrantless search?
    Yes and they have them in guardrails to track license plates to follow one's activity along with ones on lights.. They be watching us and it doesn't matter which political party they belong to they are all doing it.
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    Re: License Plate reading cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by Fledermaus View Post
    No. It is a publicly displayed item.
    Yes it is, but so is a person walking down the street. Should law enforcement be able to use facial recognition and searches based on that?
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    Re: License Plate reading cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by prometeus View Post
    What is your opinion on cameras mounted on police cars that read plates and automatically do a search?

    Is it a warrantless search?
    No it isn't a warrantless search under any stretch of current law. As for my opinion of them, whatever. My city doesn't use them. They mount the license plate readers on the police cars which makes them harder to avoid.

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    Re: License Plate reading cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by prometeus View Post
    Yes it is, but so is a person walking down the street. Should law enforcement be able to use facial recognition and searches based on that?
    Tell me the difference between a police officer eyeing a license plate and remembering an APB and recognition software spotting and doing the same.

    I would argue that the recognition software would be less likely to make a mistake resulting in an improper stop.
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    Re: License Plate reading cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by prometeus View Post
    What is your opinion on cameras mounted on police cars that read plates and automatically do a search?

    Is it a warrantless search?
    Consider two possible scenarios;

    1) A police officer deals with a hit and run, where a witness tells him the licence number of the car involved. He writes up the report and remembers the number. A couple of days later he spots a car with the same licence plate so he stops the driver for questioning.

    2) A police officer deals with a hit and run, where a witness tells him the licence number of the car involved. He writes up the report and the number is entered in a database. A couple of days later a police camera identifies a car with the same licence plate so the driver is stopped for questioning.

    Morally speaking, what would be the difference?

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    Re: License Plate reading cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by Fledermaus View Post
    Tell me the difference between a police officer eyeing a license plate and remembering an APB and recognition software spotting and doing the same.

    I would argue that the recognition software would be less likely to make a mistake resulting in an improper stop.
    But isnt the APB similar to probable cause?
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    Re: License Plate reading cameras

    Normally I would say the camera would be more accurate in its reading than someones memory, except....

    In my state, despite having Freeways, some are sectioned off to become toll lanes. You have to pay for a pass to use them or be fined. Four times I was fined because an out-of-state vehicle had the same licence plate as mine and used the lanes without a pass. Each time I had to call and point out that was not only an out-of-state plate but, that the vehicle in the photo was a truck and mine was a car. After many calls I finally found someone who recognized their system was also supposed to match the state with the number, they reported it and the software was corrected.

    But, despite that, I would still be inclined to favor the police camera in patrol cars. If you worry about being on camera now days you really have a problem, they are everywhere, don't even think you are alone in an elevator when you pick your nose.

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    Re: License Plate reading cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by prometeus View Post
    What is your opinion on cameras mounted on police cars that read plates and automatically do a search?

    Is it a warrantless search?
    I've been thinking this thru more. If they legitimately get the hit based on a warrant or other bulletin in the database...why would it be wrong to pull them over?

    OTOH, it also depends on what the warrant, etc is for. Does overdue child support give probable cause to search the vehicle, for example?



    And btw, I hate the idea of the cameras in general.
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    Perhaps it because their population is so old(their own doing)?

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