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Huron OPP Get New Automatic Licence Scanner

Huron County OPP officers are ready to hit the road with a new piece of equipment.  It’s an Automatic Licence Plate Recognition system, installed in a fully marked cruiser.

The A.L.P.R system is a licence plate scanning tool that uses Infra-Red illumination to capture an image of both the front and back of a vehicle.  The system is capable of scanning thousands of plates per hour, checking them in real time against the Ministry of Transportation database.

The system can identify stolen plates, expired plates, plates that are associated to suspended and unlicensed drivers, wanted persons, and those connected to Amber Alerts.

In the limited time the cruiser has operated in Huron County, officers have identified and charged numerous drivers with a variety of offences. The A.L.P.R cruiser is one of 27 that were rolled out across the province earlier this year.