One of the goals New York’s police commissioner is to scan and record all license plates of vehicles entering Manhattan. The implications of this are significant for anyone who might be driving on a suspended license, or have an outstanding criminal court warrant. It is quickly becoming nearly impossible to get away with these offenses.
The effort is part of a larger counterterrorism plan to track potential terrorists, and tie radiation signals to cars or trucks. But the technology for scanning license plates and cross-checking vehicle owner records with warrants, and other New York DMV database driver flags is already in place.
The fact is that you can be stopped anytime for driving down the road if you have any of these known issues. Currently, these scanners are video cameras mounted to police cruisers. They passively scan thousands of license plates an hour by simply driving down the road, or sitting by the side of the highway. If a license plate is flagged by the DMV, the courts, or any other law enforcement database, the police officer is instantly alerted to pull you over.
But now that technology is proposed to be mounted by the side of the road. It is easy to imagine how this ability could be abused by the government. They will have logs of where you’ve driving, and potentially be able to access this data historically, from years past.
And there is no legal way to opt out of this constant monitoring. At least with EZ-Pass technology, you can choose not to participate in tracking your use of toll roads by paying cash.
If you are facing any criminal charge in the State of New York, please contact us for a consultation.