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Plate Scanners Help Marshals Clear Warrants

POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2008 - 4:52pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 10:59am

TYLER - After a couple months using new license plate scanning technology, Tyler City Marshals say they've collected nearly $150,000 in warrants and made numerous arrests.

City marshals started using the technology at the end of August. They're able to scan about 1,000 license plates per hour to see if drivers have any outstanding warrants.

The scanners work like this: Four cameras scan license plates anywhere within their radius. An alarm sounds if the scanner traces the plates back to criminal activity. Within seconds, marshals know the crime and person linked to the suspicious vehicle.

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