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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:45 pm    Post subject: Just curious: Question for Officers Reply with quote

So, just curious Officers:
When you are stopped at a traffic light or stopped somewhere behind a car, do you just randomly call in their license plate number?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most police are able to run tags from the computer in their vehicle. But to answer your question, yes. We can and do run tags around us if we're not busy to check for the status of the vehicle.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll take it a step further:

You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding a license plate. You do not own that plate, but are merely allowed to display it as the State deems fit (current insurance, current registration tags, lighted, in its proper place, etc.) and is a privilege to have...not a right. The Supreme Court ruled that checking ones license plate through State and National files is indeed proper and violates no rights or laws.

That said, we can run tags all day long...and do in some cases. The new devices you see on some police vehicles (marked or unmarked) are called ALPR (Automatic License Plate Readers) and can run about 1800 in a minute, coming or going, moving or stationary, and can pop-up with stolen vehicles, warrants for the driver/owner, or criminals involved in other crimes...and they work well.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can civilans get a license plate checked out? For instance if there is a strange vehicle and I write down the plate number, can I bring it in or call the police department and have it checked out?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweetness100_00 wrote:
Can civilans get a license plate checked out? For instance if there is a strange vehicle and I write down the plate number, can I bring it in or call the police department and have it checked out?


Yes, but police cannot share the information with you.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would just like to post an example of the ALPR system that coprock is talking about. The picture below is of an Alpharetta PD car with the ALPR on the trunk. The things are really cool IMO and makes an officers job that much easier so that's good.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh - you're welcome!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a question I think in this state or at least the metro area cops can find out if ones current insurance is valid or not via computer is that information made national to other agencies or just to the state of GA like for instance I were to drive back up to Jersey and a cop pulls behind me will he/or she see the same information that you guys may have here in GA?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its seen nationally the same as what we see it here in Georgia. It will say "Valid Insurance" or "No Valid Insurance" or "Insurance Status Unknown" (usually on rental or fleet vehicles). It will also state if the registration is valid or suspended. Every styate has a different format, but we can see what is listed.

So, you may want to get insurance before you get back in your car.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

coprock1970 wrote:
Its seen nationally the same as what we see it here in Georgia. It will say "Valid Insurance" or "No Valid Insurance" or "Insurance Status Unknown" (usually on rental or fleet vehicles). It will also state if the registration is valid or suspended. Every styate has a different format, but we can see what is listed.

So, you may want to get insurance before you get back in your car.


Thanks for the info! I'm good to go just wanted to know if the info is shared with other agencies.
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