Qld Police deploy number plate recognition

Qld Police deploy number plate recognition

Summary: Queensland Police are implementing automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to keep an eye on the state's roads during the school holidays, according to the Queensland Police Minister Neil Roberts.

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Queensland Police are implementing automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to keep an eye on the state's roads during the school holidays, according to the Queensland Police Minister Neil Roberts.

The Police had carried out a 12-month trial of the new technology and has now bought one unit for use during the holiday period, which begins today.

Roberts said research has shown that unlicensed and unregistered motorists are three times more likely to be involved in a traffic crash.

"It is these offences that can be targeted by ANPR technology," he said.

Police hoped to buy further units so that there will be one in every police region across the state by mid next year.

Topics: Government, Government AU

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  • "Roberts said research has shown that unlicensed and unregistered motorists are three times more likely to be involved in a traffic crash." I would like to see that research. So if you forget to pay your rego, you're 3x more likely to have a crash??? What a load of crap!
    Jay72-e746b
  • They always have some excuse to keep revenue raising!
    zothen
  • Jay72 & zothen, I have seen the statistics & I'm involved in road safety. It's not revenue raising - it's cost & anguish saving. Cops don't like booking people or pulling dead bodies out of crashed cars. They would rather no-one ever crashed and they didn't "raise any revenue" as you put it.

    It's estimated 5% of Qld vehicles are unregistered / drivers unlicenced. These are not just people a few days late paying but not intending to at all thinking they'll get away with it. Some do it to save money, others have had their licence taken off them but they think they HAVE to drive regardless of the consequences to other innocent people. Instead these self centered people should walk, ride a bicycle or catch the bus. Many of the unregistered cars also have stolen number plates to avoid paying for petrol or traffic camera fines.

    If they crash into YOU then good luck because they don't have insurance to pay for the damage they cause to YOU. All of us end up covering the cost of them through our taxes & our own car insurance premiums.

    Drivers whinge that bicycle riders shouldn't be on the road because bikes don't pay rego for the roads - well unregistered drivers haven't paid but are causing damage and adding to traffic congestion so why don't you whinge about unregistered cars? (Bicycles don't cause traffic congestion or road damage and rego is not necessary for them because they are not dangerous.)

    Good on the cops, get the selfish unregistered / unlicenced cheats off the road before they do kill someone. If they can get the 5% off the roads then it'll be safer and the traffic congestion would reduce making it easier for the rest of us.
    Ride a bicycle instead
  • Those stats sound right to me. Some people who haven't registered their car did so for a reason that correlates with being more dangerous. Not all unregistered cars of course.

    This is something I approve of. Unlike many other regulations which do seem more revenue related.
    GregA_z
  • It does sound like a good technology which would help Police catch real offenders. I'm guessing it would probably pick out cars which are vehicles of interest involved in some other crime.

    Much better than speed cameras which mostly seem to catch people who forget to ride their brakes down a hill and accidentally slip over the speed limit. While the real idiots doing 140 down the freeway weaving between cars never seem to get caught.
    Steve123-b6932