Technology nabs drivers

July 13, 2017

(From left) Roger Williams and Katherine Feeney from the Regional Sheriff's office and Campaspe Highway Patrol officer Robin Kerr used an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system during a joint operation in the district last week.

Local police were kept busy recently using automatic number plate recognition technology to scan almost 1900 vehicles during a four-hour operation.

One driver tested positive to drugs and will be summonsed to court at a later date, while five drivers were caught behind the wheel of an unregistered vehicle.

Another driver had an expired licence and one driver was charged with fail to notify change of licence address.

One vehicle was issued with a defect notice.

Furthermore, Sheriffs identified 25 people with 399 outstanding warrants which totalled a whopping $166910.14.

Eleven of these were paid in full on-the-spot, totalling $35963.46.

‘‘Proactively speaking, the reasoning for the operation is to detect registration and licensing offences to ensure compliance in relation to having the appropriate licence and rego at the time,’’ Seymour Highway Patrol Acting Senior Sergeant David Gillespie said.

‘‘Seymour has been very active with it, and it’s generally set up in locations of high traffic.’’

More of these operations — which automatically flag any vehicles that have committed offences — are planned for the local area in the coming months.

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