O'Malley to expand license plate program
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.
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