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License plate scanner use questioned by lawmaker

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  • Bubble SLC, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    I can see how having the information on hand could help solve some crimes - for instance, if a car is making trips down south twice a week that may indicate an involvement with drug trafficking or some other illegal activity - but it seems to me that six months should be more than enough time to recognize that pattern.

    And the idea that two years later you may be able to solve a murder case or other crime based on the location of the car - come on! Why is it taking two years after a murder to check traffic patterns?

    There is nothing in this article that justifies the records being kept longer than six months.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    As one with experience in law enforcement, I can see how handy this could be. It's very, very difficult to watch for a wanted plate while doing other duties. This can catch a lot of bad guys.

    But it must be used properly. Any licenses recorded that did not develop "hits" should be erased at the end of shift or certainly within some other relatively short time limit.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Jan. 7, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    Except they can't actually prove it was you driving the car, just that your car was there. Circumstantial but not proof alone.

    It's sounds lame but a court actually has to prove each little thing like YOU killed the person or YOU we're driving your car. If not the case then I will just borrow a car, do whatever I want and then return the car without the owner missing it.