New technology alerts police to infractions

Driving with a suspended licence? New cameras mounted on some York Regional Police (YRP) cruisers will make it easier for officers to track you down.

The automated licence plate reader system can read 3,000 to 5,000 licence plates in a 12-hour shift and will alert officers to a variety of infractions, including stolen licence plates, expired validation or failure to have insurance. The officer will confirm the information obtained from the automatic reader during a traffic stop.

Many other police services in Ontario and throughout Canada use this technology. “This technology will allow officers to process information on far more licence plates than manually entering information. It will also help to identify more vehicles that may be operating in violation of the Highway Traffic Act,” says Insp. Ed Villamere of the YRP Road Safety Bureau.

YRP’s automated license plate reader program has been established in accordance with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario’s 2017 guidance on the use of the systems, police report. Any personal information collected by YRP by way of the readers is done for the purposes of roadside-related law enforcement in accordance with section 29 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection and Privacy Act.

If you have questions about this collection of information, you’re asked to contact the YRP Freedom of Information Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6740.

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