Last weekend my Father-In-Law informed me that there was a scam afoot. One that purported to use license plate scanning cameras to make money for the state and was being backed by none other that Barry Switzer! No! I gasped…why those little money grubbing so and so’s…
There is the power of local media. Thanks to people like Andrew Griffin, Mike McCarville and Lee Mathews and Fox23 Tulsa the machinations of industry and the complicity of some of our friends in state government was exposed widely-and where it mattered-locally
Here are some of the lawmakers who were on the License Plate Task Force back in 2007. I can’t say for certain that they purposely paved the way for the ALPR devices but I can say this; The design they chose just happened to be one that perfectly optimized our plates for reading by said devices.
I was just discussing the lack of movement on the Scamera contracts with a friend a night or two ago. We were noticing that no Executive Order to permit the ALPR cameras to be placed in fixed locations had been issued and the bill that would have permitted the license plate scanning devices to be installed in fixed locations died last session. We were speculating on how the state might go about putting the devices in place.
It is quite possible that the state does not have the authority it needs to go ahead with the ALPR (automatic license plate recognition) devices right now.
I checked off the “citizens score” category on this post because there is no doubt in my mind that the steady carping about Insurenet and so- called traffic safety devices that are used more as the state’s money funnel than they are for any safety purposes, played a role in gumming up the gears on this deal.
It will be interesting to see how this revenue enhancing scheme will unfold given that it has become such a hot topic and that the state was counting on the money to help fill the budget gap. What to do, what to do….
This article confirms that our conversation was right on track.
Delay in contract award may harm Oklahoma revenues
A proposed traffic camera system being counted on by state budget officials to generate at least $50 million in revenues off uninsured drivers this fiscal year has run into roadblocks.
A proposed traffic camera system being counted on by state leaders to generate at least $50 million in revenues from uninsured drivers this fiscal year may have run into roadblocks.
Rich said he sees several problems. His association was involved with the four-year development of the electronic database system Oklahoma law enforcement officers now use to determine if a motorist has insurance when they make traffic stops.Fleet and company owned vehicles are special problems because blanket insurance policies don’t electronically link the policies to each vehicle identification number in the fleet, Rich said. Law enforcement officers must rely on paper insurance verification card checks to determine whether fleet vehicles are covered.
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