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Maryland police use license plate reader to cite traffic violators

Posted On Fri, May 13, 2011

Police officers in Maryland appear to have a new tool to track down traffic violators and are putting it to use on some of the state's highways.

According to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail, Maryland State Police pulled over approximately 100 motorists in a seven-hour period recently through the use of a new license plate reader tool the department acquired.

In that span of time, 77 drivers were cited for suspended registration tags, and 22 were given tickets for driving without a current license.

Some were pulled over for insurance-related offenses, including a surprised Baltimore man, Howard Lynch.

"I've never been pulled over before," Lynch told the paper, saying he had to call his wife to find out what the problem was.

The paper reports that the Maryland police were in constant contact with the state's motor vehicle administration to help resolve some registration issues.

Apparently, none of the motorists were pulled over for speeding. Among other driving-related offenses, speeding tickets may wind up costing policy holders more money in their auto insurance premiums. 

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