License plate readers popular among Texas law enforcement, raises questions among critics
Automated license plate readers are becoming a popular tool among law enforcement in North Texas. The Dallas City Council recently approved a contract to buy 28 license plate readers for the police department. The Arlington Police Department has had the readers on five patrol vehicles for nearly two years. The department was one of the first in the state to use the controversial readers. With four cameras mounted on top of a patrol vehicle, the readers are designed to scan thousands of license plates instantly alerting officers of stolen vehicles and fugitives. The scanned licenses are stored in a database, which has caused critics to question the practice.
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