When it comes to issues like driverless cars and cellphones, the law is
not in sync with technology in Lamont and Bakersfield. The same phenomenon
is occurring in the UK, albeit on a much different level.
There are about six million surveillance cameras in Great Britain; over
the last several years, the number of automated license plate readers
(ANPR) has mushroomed. The government’s database currently consists
of 22 billion license plate reads, and that figure could balloon to
77 billion, if a proposed rule change takes place. Civil libertarians are also upset
for other reasons: the system tracks vehicles in real time and compiles
travel histories. Additionally, local governments use the system to issue
parking tickets and thus generate revenue.
In a report to the Home Secretary, UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner
Tony Porter admitted to “overzealous use of static and mobile”
Next Wave of Automated Enforcement
ANPR devices sound incredibly intrusive, but in fact, they are little more
than next-generation automated
Lidar devices. And, as fears of attacks by ISIS and other radical groups accelerate,
it is only a matter of time before these devices are mounted alongside
traffic lights at intersections throughout California unless those for
limited government and civil liberties stand together.
In a similar vein, we have devoted quite a bit of space to
speeding enforcement cameras. When they are rolled out on a large scale, and it is only a matter of
time before that happens, authorities will use the lessons learned in
the red light camera debacle to deal with the inevitable public anger.
The Vehicle Code must be changed to accommodate license plate readers and
speeding cameras, but private contractors easily pushed through an amendment
to legalize red light cameras, so it is reasonable to assume they can
do the same thing again.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
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