Installation has begun on 32 new automated licence plate readers for police patrol vehicles in the province.
The first 15 will be installed over the next week followed by the remaining 17 by the end of January, which will make 47 in total in the province once the installation is completed.
Sargent Al Hofland the Acting Officer in Charge of F-division Traffic Services Saskatchewan says they are now able to read licence plates much faster and more efficiently.
Hofland says, on average, they were able to track 80 plates in a day, the scanners can do around 120 in an hour.
The ALRP’s use infrared technology that scans plates and alerts police when the plate is connected to a stolen or unregistered vehicle, a suspended driver or a person who is wanted by police.
“Automated licence plate readers help make our roads safer because they allow police to quickly identify drivers who may be high risk, and get them off the road,” said Minister Responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave.
Minister Hargrave added that disqualified drivers are often people who have been suspended due to impaired driving, saying this is one more tool police can use to catch impaired drivers in support of the new driving laws which take effect January 1.