New device registers with drivers

By JULIA ILES

THE newest addition to the Clarence Valley's war on crime is the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) scanner, designed to detect unregistered cars.

Grafton police sergeant Bret Loveday said it was another tool for police to use to combat the use of unregistered vehicles.

"Although driving an unregistered car is an offence, it often goes undetected as unless someone is pulled over specifically, we can miss them," he said.

"This device works well as it scans the number of the licence plate and that information goes to a laptop, which has the RTA database on it and can tell within about two seconds if the car is unregistered."

Last Friday Sgt Loveday and his team used the ANPR scanner on the Pacific Highway and on the Grafton Bridge between 8am and 10am, and later in the afternoon.

"Lots of people came up to me both after I finished work and at work to ask why we were monitoring speed on the Grafton Bridge; unfortunately the device looks a lot like a speed camera, but it doesn't check speeds at all," he said.

It was the second time the scanner had been used and police apprehended six cars in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Hefty $900 fines were issued and the ANPR scanned more than two thousand cars.

"One driver had been disqualified from driving and was driving an unlicensed car," Sgt Loveday said.

"It is going to help a lot and make it easier to identify stolen vehicles."

Sgt Loveday said the ANPR scanner will be used regularly in the Clarence Valley. To identify it from a speed camera look for the nearby police car that must be present in order for it to work.



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