Manalapan, Fla., one of the nation’s richest towns, will digitally record the license plate of every car that drives through its small stretch of mansions on the Palm Beach County coast and to run an automatic background check on each driver, reports the Miami Herald. Strategically placed cameras will take infrared photos that record a driver’s tag number. Software will automatically run the numbers through law enforcement databases and alert a 911 dispatcher if the driver is in a stolen car or is the subject of a “be on the lookout” warning.
If there’s a robbery, police will be able to comb records to determine who drove through town on a given afternoon or evening. Next to the tag number, police will have a picture of the driver, taken with another set of cameras.
“Courts have ruled that in a public area, you have no expectation of privacy,” said Poolice Chief Clay Walker, one of 11 sworn officers who protects Manalapan’s 321 residents.