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VIC ANPR Operation SCUD Fairfield Concluded

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by robsalvv, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/more-news/6338-operation-scud-targets-unauthorised-drivers.html

    Operation SCUD targets unauthorised drivers
    Wednesday, 02 March 2011 15:15

    Police have caught almost 20 unlicensed and disqualified drivers through use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology in Fairfield today. As part of Operation SCUD (Suspended, Cancelled, Unlicensed, Disqualified) police:

    • Scanned 3561 vehicles
    • Detected three suspended motorists
    • Detected three unlicensed motorists
    • Detected one disqualified motorists
    • Detected 15 unregistered vehicles
    • Detected seven mobile phone offences
    • Detected two seatbelt offences
    • Caught three motorists unlawfully using a bicycle lane.

    Police were shocked to catch three motorists texting on their mobile phone in front of road side uniform officers while stopped in traffic on Heidelberg Road.

    Police also caught one driver with no license plates at all on his vehicle.

    Victoria Police rolled out ANPR systems for use across the entire state over summer. ANPR technology scans number plates at a rapid rate and identifies unauthorised drivers, including those unlicensed or disqualified from driving and with expired or defective registration.

    The database alerts operators when an unauthorised driver is detected who immediately notify police vehicles working in tandem with the system.
    Operation SCUD Commander, Sergeant Greg Dean from the Yarra Highway Patrol, said that research showed unauthorised drivers, such as unlicensed or disqualified drivers or those with unregistered vehicles have a greater chance of being involved in road trauma.

    “We know that unlicensed, disqualified and suspended drivers are statistically more likely to be involved in a collision,” Sgt Dean said.

    “What ANPR does is detects these unauthorised drivers, allowing police to remove them from state’s roads.

    “It means police can effectively and efficiently target those on our roads who are doing the wrong thing and placing others at risk. This leaves regular motorists and those doing the right thing to travel uninterrupted.”

    Sgt Dean said police will continue to target unauthorised drivers across the state.

    Anna Erbrederis
    Victoria Police Media Unit
    VP 9555/2010
  2. ANPR is here to stay.

    It's a pity that Sgt Dean gave a soundbite version of the statistics. From what I've read, those that are suspended due to low level demerit points issues are no more statistically likely to crash than normal drivers... but they're all treated the same.

    When speed limits are generally lowered, with greater enforcement, this issue is only going to get more pointy.

    What do these ANPR vehicles look like these days?
  3. Saw one in the docklands the other day, with a breath testing station. It is a car, parked behind a tree. There is a camera sitting on a tripod right next to the road. Copper in the car reading a display and radios ahead
  4. The ones Ive seen are Vans with an arm sticking out of it,

    Coppers waiting half a mile down the road,

  5. Sounds like a worthwhile use of police time, especially when placed next to "Operation pipedown" & operation "don't use bike lanes" or whatever it was called...
  6. No what it shows is if the owner is disqualified from driving, not the driver, as for unauthorised drivers, unless you steal a car then you pretty much have authorisation to driver it.

    ok must be me getting cynical in my old age (nearly 34....)
  7. ^^ that's exactly it. BUT, if a car is flagged as disqualified driver and the cop pulls them over, a quick license check and they're on their way.
    we have ANPR up here too (though i don't think they use the same name), but it's on regular cop cars, no need for stealth tactics up here.
    it's not new tech, been around a fair while. and all it really does is automate everyday police computer checks