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Huron OPP Unveil Automatic Licence Scanner

The OPP introduced a new system designed to help identify suspect licence plates yesterday at the OPP detachment south of Goderich.

Constable Jamie Stanley explains the Automatic Licence Plate Recognition System consists of a portable computer attached to two infra-red cameras in a cruiser.

The cameras can scan thousands of plates every hour and matches them against the Ministry of Transportation database.

Stanley adds the system is very user-friendly and provides an audio signal when a suspect plate is identified. Stanley says the ALPR system has already proven to be very effective in identifying stolen vehicles, expired stickers or licence plates and suspended drivers.

Huron OPP currently have one ALPR-equipped which is being shared with neighbouring counties as well.