Wireless License Plate Tracking Is Coming

Watch out. If they do it in Europe, it could be done very soon by your local police authorities wherever you live. I am talking about a new wireless tracking system to issue automated tickets for minor traffic infractions. Several pilot projects are underway in Finland, France and Germany. The system is called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and already made its way to the US for further evaluation…and improvement.
Under development several wireless systems track the distance between vehicles. Any vehicle within sensor range that stays too close to another vehicle would be mailed a ticket for tailgating. Other systems add the capability of issuing automated tickets for vehicles that appear to have faulty brakes. Under study are also special tags incorporating a chip that an RFID reader can detect to identify each vehicle according its identity code. Complete travel histories for all motorists could be stored in a database so that police and other officials could keep track of any individuals of interest. Scary!

18 Responses to “Wireless License Plate Tracking Is Coming”

  1. 1 KSW Dec 23rd, 2008 at 11:57 am

    That technology is already being used by a local
    Law Enforcement agency here in Georgia.

    It’s use was I believe to track a stolen vehicle but
    I could be wrong.

    Ticketing people in such a manner is highly subjective
    as you described it.

    Rather than these ticket camera’s at intersections and
    on Hwy’s they should do away with the ticket/fine system
    charge every one five bucks a year and be done with it.
    Honestly who does the speed limit on the hwy?

  2. 2 Knucklehead Dec 23rd, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Wrong wrong wrong. Next it will be a camera in my own home. If they think they can get through the door to install it.

  3. 3 harry Dec 23rd, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Great, more Big Brother, socalist, save us from ourselves ways to keep us from speeding or any other traffic violations. Fucking beautiful. I’m sure that some ass-clown in Washington is dreaming something up for the State, County and City gov’ts to have their Law Enforcement agencies implement something similiar or otherwise lose federal funding for higways, public works projects, etc…Who in the fuck comes up w/ these stupid-ass ideas? Answers anyone?

  4. 4 R Dec 23rd, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Don’t worry, if this comes to pass (and it probably will eventually) there will be a thriving market for RFID jammers and disabling devices. I know that on my vehicles they will mysteriously continuously encounter sharp rocks & road salt, when they manage to stay on longer than a day to start with.

  5. 5 dmitriy Dec 23rd, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Using RFID to ticket people for tailgating sounds rather futuristic and inefficient, as this would require equipping every vehicle with RFID tags and readers as well as electronics necessary to transmit violations to law enforcement. Current RFID systems also would not necessarily be able to tell the difference between tailgating and stopping behind a vehicle at a stop light or in slow traffic, or even parking next to someone.

    At this time RFID technology is mostly used for inventory control. I know Walmart has been using it on pallet level, though not for individual items. Some law firms use it to track movement of files.

    RFID is basically a barcode that’s radio-frequency based, so you can have the tagged item in your pocket and the scanner would still see it, unlike with a conventional barcode that requires a line of sight for the optics to work. The other feature is that RFID can be totally unique to each item, while barcodes are the same for the same items.

  6. 6 Nicker Dec 23rd, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    “… Don’t worry, if this comes to pass (and it probably will eventually)…”

    Say what…. ??? What happens when that tech ends up in your Onboard-II computer system …???

    “… Who in the fuck comes up w/ these stupid-ass ideas? …”

    The same people who invented the global warming cure/scam … “Kioto”

    “… more Big Brother, socalist …”

    Ya, and the bigest “Brother” is now in the Whitehouse “kingfish” seat.

    Thank all your friends who are “too buisy” or whatever to “get involved in our poitical process.
    Hence, the country is defaulting to the Socialists…. at best…… 🙁


  7. 7 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian MotorCycles Dec 24th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    I’m not for this kind of stuff. It still does nothing to take the real criminals off the street. All this trick stuff and we still have to fear for our lives at times out on the street, fortify our homes and business’s, etc. Calif passed a law to outlaw pre 2007 diesel big rigs by 2013. Now my show truck will be outlawed when it is still a good solid truck. They are coming alright. I’ll probably be considered an outlaw when riding my vintage Indians but I refuse to give in. Like the old American saying goes, “Follow the green”, the money trail that is. It’s all about revenue.

  8. 8 rodent Dec 24th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Kids today will never be able to drive or ride like we did! We’re fucked!

  9. 9 ROGUE Dec 24th, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Some may be interested in the folling from NHTSA about speed and crashes
    You can bet that it is not going to affect speed limits, speed traps and ticketing by law enforcement though as it generates to much money for those involved.


    US DOT Report Confirms Speed Not Major Accident Cause

    US Department of Transportation study finds only five percent of crashes caused by excessive speed.

    As lawmakers around the country continue to consider speed limit enforcement as the primary traffic safety measure, the most comprehensive examination of accident causation in thirty years suggests this focus on speed may be misplaced.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigated 5,471 injury crashes that took place across the country between July 3, 2005 and December 31, 2007. Unlike previous studies automatically generated from computerized data found in police reports, researchers in this effort were dispatched to accident scenes before they were cleared. This allowed a first-hand comparison of physical evidence with direct interviews of witnesses and others involved in the incident. NHTSA evaluated the data to determine the factors most responsible for the collision.

    “The critical reason is determined by a thorough evaluation of all the potential problems related to errors attributable to the driver, the condition of the vehicle, failure of vehicle systems, adverse environmental conditions, and roadway design,” the report explained. “The critical pre-crash event refers to the action or the event that puts a vehicle on the course that makes the collision unavoidable, given reasonable driving skills and vehicle handling of the driver.”

    Overall, vehicles “traveling too fast for conditions” accounted for only five percent of the critical pre-crash events (page 23). More significant factors included 22 percent driving off the edge of a road, or 11 percent who drifted over the center dividing line.

    When driver error was the primary cause of a crash, researchers went further to identify the “critical reason” behind that error. Distraction and not paying attention to the road accounted for 41 percent of the errors. Ten percent of errors were attributed to drivers lacking proper driving skills and either freezing up or overcompensating behind the wheel. Eight percent were asleep, having a heart attack or otherwise incapacitated. A similar eight percent of errors were attributed to driving too fast for conditions and five percent driving too fast for a curve (page 25).

    The NHTSA findings are mirrored in accident statistics provided by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The agency’s most recent report lists “speed too fast” as the driver error that caused 2.9 percent of crashes in 2007 (view chart, see page 19). More accidents — 3.8 percent — were caused in Virginia by drivers falling asleep or becoming ill behind the wheel. Another 14.6 percent were caused by bad weather such as fog, rain and snow. “Speed too fast” was a more significant factor — 13.7 percent — in fatal accidents, as compared to 18 percent of fatal accidents involving alcohol and 9.6 percent caused by sleepiness and fatigue (PDF File view full Virginia report in 1.9mb PDF format).

    In the NHTSA and Virginia reports, “too fast for conditions” does not mean exceeding the posted speed limit. A vehicle driving 10 MPH on an iced-over road with a 45 MPH limit would be traveling too fast for the conditions if it lost control, but it would not have exceeded the speed limit. The UK Department for Transport isolated cases where only the posted limit was exceeded and found that, “Exceeding speed limit was attributed to 3 percent of cars involved in accidents” (view UK report).

    “Four of the six most frequently reported contributory factors involved driver or rider error or reaction,” the Road Casualties Great Britain 2007 report stated. “For fatal accidents the most frequently reported contributory factor was loss of control, which was involved in 35 per cent of fatal accidents.”

    A full copy of the NHTSA report is available in a 400k PDF file at the source link below.

    Source: PDF File National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (U.S. Department of Transportation, 7/15/2008)

    PDF 47 pages:

  10. 10 R Dec 24th, 2008 at 11:10 am

    ““… Don’t worry, if this comes to pass (and it probably will eventually)…”

    Say what…. ??? What happens when that tech ends up in your Onboard-II computer system …???”

    It may end up in an onboard computer system, but it still has to transmit a signal. Any transmitted signal can be blocked. Besides, lots of people won’t allow an RFID to be installed in their older vehicles (me included).

    I think that it will come to pass eventually because of the continuing expansion of government control into our lives. It’s essentially a form of taxation, very similar to traffic cameras which sprout up everywhere in the name of “public safety”. Of course, computerized traffic control will be justified by government officials as improving traffic flow, saving fuel, and saving lives, and will start in the socialist states of the east and west coasts first. Luckily, it will probably be a long time in coming…

  11. 11 Wacko Dec 24th, 2008 at 11:43 am

    i am happy about this technology and ones like it. I need protection from myself.

    Happy Kwanza.

  12. 12 Jeff Nicklus Dec 24th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Rodent is right …. we are fucked!

    Over & Out,


  13. 13 gravey Dec 24th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    and they call us free. better to live in mexiaco,at least the govt. doesn’t have their nose in your day to day life

  14. 14 just my opinion Dec 26th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Even if this does work and is installed. There is one thing that will get everyone out of tickets and that is the fact that the constitution gives you the right to confront your accuser in court. If there is no witness other than a computer print out there is no provable offence. I don’t think anyone needs to worry about tickets but as for bike and car theft those days are numbered. If these vehichles can be tracked using this technology I for one am OK with it. Of course those who are stealing bikes and cars will whine all the way to prison.

  15. 15 GTLover Dec 29th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    RFID has some good uses, I’m not sure this is one of them. Yes, I’d like cops to nail people who are driving in an unsafe manner and/or an unsafe vehicle. But I’d also like to keep it simple. I think a better use of the time, money, and energy would be better driver education, both for new drivers and in the form of ongoing education.

    What about systems that warn drivers that they’re following too close, or driving too fast? Could I get a discount on my insurance if my car was so equipped? Yeah, someday when people everywhere take some responsibility, police themselves, and all the cops and all the lawyers actually spend their time going after the real criminals. Which would be an easier job, if all the cars had RFID tags on them.

  16. 16 burnout Dec 29th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    it IS all about money but the Control part scares me. I have been stopped ten times for no license plate light on my old Ford pickup! woo woo! peace

  17. 17 Andy Thomas Dec 31st, 2008 at 1:40 am

    That is some very distrubing fucked up shit.

  18. 18 Nicker Jan 3rd, 2009 at 12:45 am

    “…Rodent is right …. we are fucked!…”

    Well, who knows what’s hgonna happen…..???
    But i do know this. They’re gonna havet-a work to get me.
    I’m not dropping-trow and bending over for these bastards.
    I’ll be kicking, screaming, and clawing all the way.


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