More than a dozen police vehicles in the central/eastern part of the province have been equipped with new technology to help locate stolen or unregistered vehicles.
All police vehicles in the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan pilot have installed automated licence plate readers (ALPRs). Fifteen were installed in late November and December 2016.
The remaining 17 were installed this week.
SGI provided $800,000 to purchase the ALPRs in support of the new impaired driving laws that took effect at the beginning of 2017.
The ALPRs use infra-red technology to scan licence plates quickly and alert police when the plate is linked to a stolen or unregistered vehicle, a suspended driver or a person wanted by police.
“Automated licence plate readers allow police to quickly identify disqualified drivers and take action,” Joe Hargrave, the minister responsible for SGI, said in a news release.
“Knowing police have this technology at their disposal should act as a deterrent for disqualified drivers, including people suspended for impaired driving.”
“The potential exists to use the ALPRs for other investigative purposes which haven’t been realized yet. This is a valuable tool members use each day to help keep our roads safe,” RCMP Traffic Services Sgt. Al Hofland said.
SGI has funded a total of 48 ALPRs in the province to date, which was an investment of about $1.3 million.