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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 08/ 5/2010

O'Malley to expand license plate program

By Washington Post editors

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is planning to double the state's investment in license-plate recognition technology that has been credited with cracking down on car thefts.

The Maryland Politics blog reports that the state would spend another $2 million in grant funding on the high-tech system in the coming year. The state started investing in the technology in 2007.

With the system, police can scan license plates of passing cars. The picture is converted into data that can be checked against lists of stolen cars.

Aides said Wednesday that Maryland's motor vehicle theft rate has decreased 38.5 percent during the past three years.

By Washington Post editors  | August 5, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Police state...

At first maybe it will be used for just that -- then parking tickets overdue or registration passed or inspection 1 day late...

We'll see more and more that police are revenue enforcers not public safety.

Posted by: yell53 | August 5, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

im sure erhlich is opposed to this for some crazy reason like less stolen cars mean less people have to buy new ones.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 5, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Cutting down on car thieves is a good thing. Using this technology just to collect fines and to spy on people's whereabouts--not so much

Posted by: PepperDr | August 5, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

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