The Union Recorder

May 31, 2012

Plate reader captures more than expired tags

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee's office has recently installed a new tag reading system in one of the patrol vehicles that lets deputies know when a vehicle is operating with a possible traffic infraction.

Since its installation, the scanning system has scanned 74,000 car tags.

With training by the vendor, the department has identified much more than just registration problems. Massee said the help to deputies has been extremely welcome.

Massee said the system is not the definitive word on the status of a vehicle or driver, but gives an officer a sufficient amount of probable cause to verify the information through the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC).

The system led to the recovery of a stolen car and the arrest of the driver Thursday morning.

Tag reading technology is not new, but as costs have become less prohibitive, the systems are becoming more prevalent in more rural areas. Neighboring Wilkinson County also uses tag reading technology.