Automated license plate readers coming to Cedar Rapids

There will soon be two squad cars in Cedar Rapids with automatic license plate readers. This means that any plate they drive by will be scanned and will alert them if the car has been stole, the person is wanted for a crime, driving without a license and etc. The goal behind the scanners is more directed towards catching criminals passing through Cedar Rapids. People have drawn some complaints that it takes away people’s rights, but the police chief isn’t buying it and responds in the article. The two readers will cost $30,000 and $31,700 paid for by a grant and the rest comes out of the caught criminal’s assets.


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