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Ithaca Police Department gets license plate readers

Ithaca Police Department gets license plate readers

Ithaca Police and other local law enforcement agencies are in the midst of using a new technology provided by New York State to nab traffic violators Photo: WHCU/Greg Fry

Local police agencies are utilizing a new piece of equipment provided by New York State.

Six local departments, including Ithaca Police, are now using license plate readers.

IPD Officer Jamie Williamson calls it another helpful tool for law enforcement.

“As police officers, we can’t remember every bit of information that we see from year’s past, and these license plate readers can,” Williamson said. “If a vehicle’s registration has been suspended for several years, it will be stopped when it drivers by a license plate reader.”

The cameras are mounted on police cars and allow agencies to track the license plates of thousands of cars per day.

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