States eye license-plate cameras as source of cash
License-plate readers, officially known as "automatic number plate recognition," were introduced to the United States in the early 2000s. The technology first came to toll booths, as a tool to catch toll cheats. Later, they became linked in to law enforcement databases. Though the use of this technology has caused much controversy, recently, Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania proposed using the tag readers to crack down on uninsured and unregistered drivers — the plan sparked waves of protest. The idea of using tag readers explicitly as a revenue-raising tool seems to have made many Pennsylvanians uncomfortable.
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