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Driving somewhere? There's a gov't record of that
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http://news.yahoo.com/driving-somewhere-...52644.html

Associated Press - ANNE FLAHERTY 3 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.

Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, uploading that information into police databases. Departments keep the records for weeks or years, sometimes indefinitely.
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I don't go anywhere so their records of me are pretty slim.
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I brought that up a while ago that I suspected that they were using cameras on highways to track plates. Not sure anyone believed me then. A few months ago, I noticed that there were crews putting something up on the backs of highway signs on Route 30 here in Lancaster. I haven't had a chance to take a look to see if they're cameras or not. They were installing them on sunday mornings when there was little traffic.

Maybe I'll have to take a look and see if they put them up. I have also noticed that more PD's around here have gotten the plate scanners installed. My local PD has at least 3 cars with them installed now.
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I haven't gotten any citations in the mail for driving my antique car more than once a week.

Does the DCNR have this too so they can read my ATV plate on the trails?
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One thing that I DO hope we import from Britain...


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streaker69;111189 Wrote:I brought that up a while ago that I suspected that they were using cameras on highways to track plates. Not sure anyone believed me then. A few months ago, I noticed that there were crews putting something up on the backs of highway signs on Route 30 here in Lancaster. I haven't had a chance to take a look to see if they're cameras or not. They were installing them on sunday mornings when there was little traffic.

Maybe I'll have to take a look and see if they put them up. I have also noticed that more PD's around here have gotten the plate scanners installed. My local PD has at least 3 cars with them installed now.

I remember you saying you saw cameras on 202 not near an intersection, I still think they were a different type for a different purpose, traffic flow, they use them for those signs popping up everywhere telling you how long the ride ahead should take, the ones talked about in the article are more sophisticated and in PA only on police cars and parking authority vans that I have seen. There are all kinds of cameras out there now, most of the time the shape can tell you what they are used for. Being in the highway construction business I see a lot of stuff before most the public notices them. I also work with PennDot folks that can answer questions about what things are for.

Here's an article about how they are (supposed to be) used in PA:

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/crime/ac...6f469.html
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I just saw something else interesting earlier today, I'll have to see if I can get a picture of it and post it. Basically it was a weather proof box with a tall pole, about 12' coming out of the top with what appeared to be a lightweight camera on the top. The angle looked like it was meant for reading plates. It was stashed behind a telephone pole where the traffic in the lane it was aimed at wouldn't see it, but traffic going the other way could.

Looks like it could be easily picked up and moved within minutes.
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Pick it up and spin it around so it's looking at the pole Smile
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So is there a way to defeat plate scanners?
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