ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- Albany police have seen an increase in the number of traffic citations since deploying four license plate scanners on July 11.
The Albany Herald reports that from July 11 to July 20 -- the first nine days the units were deployed -- officers with the tag readers wrote 126 citations.
Authorities say police also discovered one stolen vehicle, served five warrants and arrested six fugitives by utilizing the new technology.
The tag readers, which are mounted on the rear of police cars, actively scan the plates of passing cars and run the information instantaneously through the national crime information computer and the state crime information computer. They check for outstanding warrants, expired license information and any insurance holds.