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Posted: 12/1/2007 9:17:22 AM EDT
English Police Crushing Uninsured Cars

http://www.wftv.com/news/14458598/detail.html



LIVERPOOL, England -- Police in Liverpool are using technology first created to track terrorists to track drivers who don't have insurance. Tiny cameras are making the streets safer and catching criminals in the process.

The devices are mounted on top of police cars are constantly searching for criminals. The cameras read license plates and send them to a database for a quick search.

"It's the same as having the best cop in the world who knows everyone's license plate, everyone's insurance and driver's license details. It knows everyone's criminal records," said David Corchoran, an inspector with the Merseyside Police Department in Liverpool.

Police are alerted within seconds if there's a problem. And oftentimes, the simple problems lead to big trouble. Police say they often find people driving cars without insurance. And uninsured drivers often mean the car was obtained illegally, either being stolen or perhaps bought through drug money. So the penalty for driving uninsured is severe.

If you're caught driving without insurance your car is seized immediately. If you don't get insurance in seven days, the vehicle is crushed.

Channel 9 watched as police stopped Christian Henney for driving with expired insurance. Henney has an aunt in Orlando. He was forced clean out his truck and walk home. He received six points on his license and a fine for not having insurance.

Liverpool police seized 20,000 vehicles in the last two years. Forty percent of them were crushed because the drivers didn't come back to pick them up. That includes a $200,000 Bentley.

"They don't want me asking hard questions about how they came about a $200,000 car when tax records show you haven't paid for it," said inspector Corchoran.

Orlando police Chief Mike McCoy was impressed by what he saw.

"I think it's going to happen. It's just a matter of when," said McCoy

McCoy says Orlando police are planning to use a similar camera system to recover stolen cars. As for crushing…

"I think we could, given proper legislation," he said. "They (Liverpool police) have set the golden standard and we need to go after it."

Police in Liverpool say this technology paid for itself in less than two years because the cameras allow the officers to be more efficient.
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:19:47 AM EDT
Coming soon to the USA. The UK is about ten to twenty years
ahead of us in big brother government.
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:20:09 AM EDT
Wouldn't it be better to resell the cars and then use the money to help fund community programs?
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:21:06 AM EDT

A Bentley.
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:21:20 AM EDT
And to think some people in Philly complain about their uninsured cars getting booted and towed off.
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:21:28 AM EDT
There's so many things in that article.

- Automatic recognization to include insurance status, then once they ping you get your car crushed
- Crushing 6 figure cars instead of auctioning them
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:22:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By aaron_fsp:
Coming soon to the USA. The UK is about ten to twenty years
ahead of us in big brother government.


There are agencies in the US with this technology.
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:22:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Wouldn't it be better to resell the cars and then use the money to help fund community programs?
That makes too much sense.

Of course that's what American's normally do.
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:23:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Wouldn't it be better to resell the cars and then use the money to help fund community programs?


Waiting for the Arfcom "That's government sanctioned theft" crowd to show up...
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:24:38 AM EDT
What do tax records have to do with the police?

Damn system is becoming more and more invasive to the point that we really will be living 1984...
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:24:41 AM EDT
thats government sanctioned theft
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:26:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Garage-Logician:

Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Wouldn't it be better to resell the cars and then use the money to help fund community programs?


Waiting for the Arfcom "That's government sanctioned theft" crowd to show up...


It is quite the inequity. One person gets a 200 pound fine (their 87 Yugo getting smashed) while another gets a 100,000 pound fine (their Bently getting crushed).
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:26:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Garage-Logician:

Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Wouldn't it be better to resell the cars and then use the money to help fund community programs?


Waiting for the Arfcom "That's government sanctioned theft" crowd to show up...


That's exactly what it is.

Link Posted: 12/1/2007 9:41:51 AM EDT
Is it in New York where they have been seizing people's vehicles for years and then sell them for excessive speeding or wreckless driving violations?
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 2:12:46 PM EDT
One of the fundamental rights of a free people is the right to private property.

One measure of a government's attitude toward its people is how private property is viewed.

Subjects can have "their" property confiscated at a whim.

This principle also applies to property taxes here in the US.
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 2:15:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By aaron_fsp:
Coming soon to the USA. The UK is about ten to twenty years
ahead of us in big brother government.


thanks to the ACLU.

Hey, they are good for some things...
Link Posted: 12/1/2007 2:17:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GiggleSmith:

Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Wouldn't it be better to resell the cars and then use the money to help fund community programs?
That makes too much sense.

Of course that's what American's normally do.

Sounds familiar ? "Surplus Ammo"
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