On Monday, HB348, a bill to allow police departments access to state highway right-of-ways for the purpose of installing license plate scanners, was withdrawn by its sponsor and referred back to the Rules committee. The sponsor, State Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford) does not intend to place the bill back on the calendar so the bill will die in committee.
Keep in mind, this bill doesn't change the fact that many police departments are already using scanning systems. We are currently investigating whether or not Durham is using them and will update you accordingly.
According to WUNC, the NC Senate has tentatively approved a bill that would allow police to use photo cameras on state roads to track license plates. This system is intrusive and prone to abuse. Find your representative and contact them today to let them know this is unacceptable. If the NC Senate approves this bill there is still time to voice opposition to your House Representative.
This bill, H348, is an expensive and intrusive measure which is unnecessary at a time when crime rates across the state are dropping.