- Associated Press - Thursday, January 15, 2015

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Seven new automatic tag readers are expected to help law enforcement officials in Cobb County more quickly scan and evaluate license plates, county leaders said Tuesday.

The Cobb Board of Commissioners unanimously approved of spending $138,410 to buy seven tag reading devices during its meeting earlier this week, The Marietta Daily Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1528duO ).

The county had been testing a tag reader for the past three months, said county Public Safety Director Sam Heaton. Cobb County Police Capt. Stuart VanHoozer said he expects the devices to be installed within the next four months.

The readers will not identify and record data on every vehicle on the street, but will alert authorities to vehicles that officers have been instructed to look out for, VanHoozer said. Many law enforcement agencies across the country are beginning to use automatic tag readers for similar purposes.

“A hot list is just a list of tags that law enforcement is seeking for different reasons,” VanHoozer said. “One could be a wanted person, one could be a stolen car or it could be as simple as a suspended tag or no insurance or an expired tag.” The devices will also record the time, date and GPS location of plates if the vehicles are wanted in connection with anything or if their tags are expired, he said.


Information from: Marietta Daily Journal, https://mdjonline.com/

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