Installation of new automated licence plate readers in police vehicles begins
Device targets disqualified drivers, improves road safety
Nov. 30, 2016
Fifteen automated licence plate readers (ALPRs) are being installed in patrol vehicles starting this week to help police catch disqualified drivers.
SGI announced its investment of $800,000 to fund 32 ALPRs in October. Installation of the first 15 ALPRs began this week and will be complete by the end of next week. The remaining 17 ALPRs are expected to be installed by the end of January 2017.
ALPRs use infra-red technology to scan licence plates and alert police when the plate is linked to a stolen or unregistered vehicle, a suspended driver or a person wanted by police.
“Automated licence plate readers help make our roads safer because they allow police to quickly and efficiently identify drivers who may be high risk, and get them off the road,” Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said. “Disqualified drivers are often people who are suspended due to impaired driving, so this is one more tool police can use to catch impaired drivers, in support of new impaired driving laws that take effect Jan. 1.”
The 32 ALPRs are being installed in all enforcement vehicles in the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) pilot. The CTSS pilot project dedicates 60 officers to traffic safety enforcement. These officers target problematic roadways and intersections in the central and southeast regions of the province, with a focus on impaired driving, distracted driving and speeding.
“To have all patrol vehicles in the Combined Traffic Services pilot equipped with an ALPR system is such a time-saver,” said Sgt. Al Hofland, Acting Officer in Charge, F Division Traffic Services, RCMP. “They automate what used to be a manual process, and allow us to check a large number of licence plates automatically, quickly identifying high risk drivers and giving us more time to focus on other aspects of patrol.”
SGI has funded a total of 47 ALPRs in the province to date, for an investment of about $1.3 million.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.