This is incredible news!!! Being a kind of renegade in my past I would never of thought this problem would be this High…And are the suspended drivers driving High???
This was just posted in Northern Life…and only $25,000 dollars is needed for new software!!
Whats wrong with this picture!!!
Greater Sudbury Police Sgt. Gary Lavoie said he hopes the police service will be able to purchase a licence plate recognition system to help the traffic management unit manage the city’s suspended driver problem.
There are roughly 8,700 residents in the Greater Sudbury area that have had their driver’s licence suspended, Lavoie said at the Greater Sudbury Police’s board meeting on March 7. That’s about 17 per cent of the city’s driving population.
“It’s mind-boggling,” Lavoie said, noting people will walk out of the court house after losing their licence and simply climb in to their vehicle and drive away.
With Greater Sudbury being one of the largest cities by landmass in Canada, Greater Sudbury Police have a large territory to cover and not enough police officers to manage it. Even though the police are adding five new officers this year — who will go to the traffic management unit — it’s still not enough to cover the city. In its budget, the police service estimates it needs another 30 to 35 officers.
That’s why the licence plate recognition software would be so helpful to the traffic management unit. As a cruiser drives by a vehicle, it scans the licence plate and runs it through a database, letting police know almost instantly if the licence plate is expired or if the owner of the vehicle is suspended. With that information, police can pull over the vehicle immediately, rather than waiting for the driver to drive in a dangerous manner.
A similar system is already used by the Ontario Provincial Police.
When queried by the board, Greater Sudbury Police Chief said the service has put in a request for funding for the system. The funding would come from the proceeds of crime fund. The estimated cost of the system is $25,000.