17 more automated licence plate readers installed in police vehicles
48 devices in total targeting disqualified drivers, improving road safety
Feb. 3, 2017
All police vehicles in the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) pilot are now equipped with automated licence plate readers (ALPRs).
SGI provided $800,000 to purchase 32 additional ALPRs for CTSS vehicles, in support of new impaired driving laws that took effect Jan. 1, 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 allow police to quickly identify disqualified drivers and take action," Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave said. "Knowing police have this technology at their disposal should act as a deterrent for disqualified drivers, including people suspended for impaired driving."
Fifteen of the ALPRs were installed late November/early December 2016. The remaining 17 ALPRs were installed this week.
"Unregistered vehicles, identifying potential disqualified drivers associated to a vehicle, missing persons, stolen vehicles – these are just some of the ways automated license plate readers are assisting members with their duties every day," said Sgt. Al Hofland of RCMP Traffic Services. "The potential exists to use the ALPRs for other investigative purposes which haven’t been realized yet. This is a valuable tool members use each day to help keep our roads safe."
About a quarter of all disqualified drivers have been suspended from driving due to a conviction for impaired driving.
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.
SGI has funded a total of 48 ALPRs in the province to date, for an investment of about $1.3 million.