Mike Stevens | May 1, 2009

Victoria Police yesterday began trialling a new vehicle-mounted camera capable of scanning up to 700 passing vehicles in an hour, with the trial so far leading to the identification of three banned drivers per hour.

The camera system automatically scans and identifies vehicles registered to disqualified or suspended drivers quickly enough for police officers stationed further along the road to detain the driver.

Trialled in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Moorabbin, the camera – mounted to a nondescript blue Volkswagen Transporter – has demonstrated the significant potential for the system’s automated number plate recognition technology.

Police representatives said that disqualified drivers were involved in 10 percent of all fatal road incidents, with research showing that such drivers are up to nine times more likely to be involved in road incidents than other motorists.

[via news.com.au]

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