Carlsbad Aims To Collect Registration Info From Every Vehicle Entering City

Carlsbad will be expanding the use of it's automated license plate readers and will collect registration information of every single vehicle that enters the city.

The project will cost an estimated $1 million dollars and it will add 14 stationary cameras at 14 intersections throughout Carlsbad creating a virtual gateway at the city's borders.

The cameras have sparked outrage amongst privacy rights groups saying it's too much control from the government.

Four council members all claim, however, that they are confident that information can be kept secure and that the system will increase safety for residents and police officers.  They also say that it may deter criminals from breaking the law in the city.

“To me, $1 million is a drop in the bucket when you are trying to protect 100,000 or more people, and everyone who comes into our city every day,” said Councilman Keith Blackburn, a retired police officer. “I don’t think this ... is going to violate privacy.”

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