The use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) is becoming more common, as they are used to track the movements of individuals. ALPRs are devices that are placed on police cars, private security vehicles, and other vehicles. They are used to scan the license plates of vehicles that pass by, and then store this information.
The debate over speed cameras has been raging on for years now. Some people believe that the cameras are a way to generate revenue for municipalities; while others believe that they are nothing more than a way to trap drivers and take their money.
That technology also powers a surveillance system, alternately called an enforcement list, black list or Law Enforcement Notification System. Police agencies can request the addition of specific plate numbers or transponder signatures to a list, which sends real-time notifications when those vehicles are detected passing through.
Beau Jackson, a 17-year-old from the Central Coast of New South Wales, has established a reputation for himself by parking near mobile cameras with homemade placards warning unwary motorists of impending speed traps.