Tech­nol­ogy nabs driv­ers

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Ali­son O’Connor

Lo­cal po­lice were kept busy re­cently us­ing au­to­matic num­ber plate recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to scan al­most 1900 ve­hi­cles dur­ing a four-hour op­er­a­tion.

One driver tested pos­i­tive to drugs and will be sum­monsed to court at a later date, while five driv­ers were caught be­hind the wheel of an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle.

An­other driver had an ex­pired li­cence and one driver was charged with fail to no­tify change of li­cence ad­dress.

One ve­hi­cle was is­sued with a de­fect no­tice.

Fur­ther­more, Sher­iffs iden­ti­fied 25 peo­ple with 399 out­stand­ing war­rants which to­talled a whop­ping $166 910.14.

Eleven of these were paid in full on-the-spot, to­talling $35 963.46.

‘‘Proac­tively speak­ing, the rea­son­ing for the op­er­a­tion is to de­tect reg­is­tra­tion and li­cens­ing of­fences to en­sure com­pli­ance in re­la­tion to hav­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate li­cence and rego at the time,’’ Sey­mour High­way Pa­trol Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant David Gille­spie said.

‘‘Sey­mour has been very ac­tive with it, and it’s gen­er­ally set up in lo­ca­tions of high traf­fic.’’

More of these op­er­a­tions — which au­to­mat­i­cally flag any ve­hi­cles that have com­mit­ted of­fences — are planned for the lo­cal area in the com­ing months.

Tar­get­ted: High­way Pa­trol mem­bers used an Au­to­matic Num­ber Plate Recog­ni­tion sys­tem dur­ing an op­er­a­tion in the dis­trict re­cently.

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