Chicago Buys Technology To Catch Scofflaw Parkers

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Chicago officers will use a computerized system to read license plates of parked cars and instantly check them against a list of plates belonging to motorists with three or more tickets, says the Chicago Tribune. “Because you are capable of reading upwards of 1,000 plates an hour, you are going to cover a large area,” said Tom Keeley of AutoVu Technologies, a Montreal firm that will provide the technology. “You get significantly higher results.”

City workers now enter license numbers manually into a hand-held device to match them against a 850,000-name list of scofflaws. The new system allows a camera to read plates of parked cars as a van travels 15 miles an hour.

Chicago recently reduced from five to three the minimum number of unpaid tickets that make a motorist eligible for a Denver boot immobilizing the vehicle.


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