Quantcast

Camera program expands in cop cars - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Camera program expands in cop cars

Posted: Updated:
ST. ALBANS, Vt. -

On average, a Vermont state trooper takes 800 pictures of license plates a day, so odds are your car has been caught on camera.

"You hear the beep and thats letting me know its taking the pictures every time it beeps," says Vt. State Police trooper Mike Anderson.

That's right -- a picture of your license plate. Odds are if you've traveled state roads in Vermont, state police have a picture of your car saved in their data base.

"Instead of having an officer sit there and write down license plate numbers on a particular road we have a machine that's doing the same thing," says Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn.

Vermont State Police and several city police departments formed a partnership four years ago to test these license plate reading cameras, a program they've decided to expand. These cameras screen cars as they drive by against what's called a 'hot list' of wanted vehicles.

"Those vehicles may be wanted because they're involved in the possible transportation of a felon, they may be stolen vehicles," says Lt. Michael Macarilla with the Vermont State Police.

These cameras take pictures from both sides, so no matter which way you're driving state troopers will get a picture of your license plate.

Even if you've done nothing wrong your license plate's picture will stay in the state police database for four years. Which has some drivers concerned for their privacy.

"I think its all right as long as you're not doing anything wrong, but there is a point when it invades your rights, like if you're just late on your registration," says driver Dylan Pipe of St. Albans.

Vermont state and city police currently have these cameras in 31 locations statewide, and they come at a cost.

"Each system runs $16-18,000 per car," Lt. Macarilla says.

He also says they're especially handy for catching cars leaving a crime scene.

"We can then go back in and say there's license plate abc 123 and it was right there on South Main Street in Waterbury at 11:00 and it gives us an idea of where to go from there," he says.

So if you're doing nothing wrong you have nothing to worry about, but there's little you can do to keep your plates picture from being captured.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: Men used stolen cards on thousands of dollars in purchases

    Police: Men used stolen cards on thousands of dollars in purchases

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:48:46 GMT
    Police in Chittenden County have caught two men from Brooklyn who they say used stolen credit card numbers to buy thousands of dollars worth of stuff.
    Police in Chittenden County have caught two men from Brooklyn who they say used stolen credit card numbers to buy thousands of dollars worth of stuff.
  • Destination Recreation: Clark's Trading Post

    Destination Recreation: Clark's Trading Post

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:28:18 GMT
    Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln, New Hampshire has attracted millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1928. While famous for its bear shows, it offers a whole lot more.
    Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln, New Hampshire has attracted millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1928. While famous for its bear shows, it offers a whole lot more.

  • At Issue: Keeping up with kids' vaccinations

    At Issue: Keeping up with kids' vaccinations

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:21:43 GMT
    It's about time to send kids back to school, and if you're a parent, chances are you've gotten a note reminding you to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccinations.
    It's about time to send kids back to school, and if you're a parent, chances are you've gotten a note reminding you to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccinations.
  • Teaching the notes of tango in Stowe

    Teaching the notes of tango in Stowe

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:13 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:13:32 GMT
     The hills of Stowe were alive this week with the sound of music -- Argentine Tango music. We sent Cat Viglienzoni to check it out.
     The hills of Stowe were alive this week with the sound of music -- Argentine Tango music. We sent Cat Viglienzoni to check it out.
  • Burglary suspects caught

    Burglary suspects caught

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:18:38 GMT
    Vermont State Police nabbed a pair of suspected burglars and believe they're linked to several other crimes.
    Vermont State Police nabbed a pair of suspected burglars and believe they're linked to several other crimes.
  • Sen. Jim Jeffords laid to rest

    Sen. Jim Jeffords laid to rest

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:12:17 GMT
    Sen. Jim Jeffords was one of Vermont's beloved public servants, with a career that took him from the hills of Shrewsbury to the U.S. Senate. Friday, in his hometown of Rutland, James Jeffords was laid to rest.
    Sen. Jim Jeffords was one of Vermont's beloved public servants, with a career that took him from the hills of Shrewsbury to the U.S. Senate. Friday, in his hometown of Rutland, James Jeffords was laid to rest.
  • Is it safe to move accused killer Elizabeth Teague?

    Is it safe to move accused killer Elizabeth Teague?

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:09:17 GMT
    The Vt. Dept. of Mental Health says scarce resources are part of the push to relocate alleged workplace shooter Elizabeth Teague to a facility with fewer regulations. Elizabeth Keatinge was at Friday's hearing.
    The Vt. Dept. of Mental Health says scarce resources are part of the push to relocate alleged workplace shooter Elizabeth Teague to a facility with fewer regulations. Elizabeth Keatinge was at Friday's hearing.
  • Police investigate death of 13-year-old in Hardwick

    Police investigate death of 13-year-old in Hardwick

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:10:40 GMT
    Investigators say a teen was found dead at a home in Hardwick Friday morning.
    Investigators say a teen was found dead at a home in Hardwick Friday morning.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.