NC bill would allow license plate readers along state roads
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — For law enforcement. finding that one car involved in a shooting or AMBER Alert can be like finding a needle in a haystack.
But that’s where license plate readers can be invaluable.
“We can’t be everywhere and I say ‘we’ (as in) law enforcement,” Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office has two of the readers, mounted on cruisers.
Harrison said they’ve been incredibly useful. Raleigh police also use them.
Right now they’re only able to install the readers on city roads or private property. A new bill would expand that to state roads.
Rep. John Faircloth (R) Guildford sponsored House Bill 242.
“It doesn’t take a photograph of the person in the car or anything like that. But it picks up that license and it will immediately send it to all the spots,” Faircloth said.
The readers alert officers on patrol in the area and in other areas that there’s