A blue VW Transporter van fitted with a single, external, tripod mounted camera capable of scanning up to 700 number plates an hour was trialled yesterday in Moorabbin, Victoria, as police attempt to catch disqualified drivers.
The trial, which police say is still in its infancy, has already proved the automated number plate recognition technology works and that it could substantially increase the likelihood of catching disqualified or suspended drivers, or simply those that have unpaid registration or fines.
Superintendent Kevin Casey said police figures showed that disqualified drivers were involved in 10 per cent of all fatal road crashes and that recent research showed disqualified drivers were up to nine times more likely to be involved in a crash than other motorists.
Further to this, a report released yesterday by the Sentencing Advisory Council proved many motorists caught driving while disqualified or suspended had also committed other offences.
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