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License Plate Cameras Popping Up At Busy Intersections

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by Adam Ghassemi

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. At first glance, they may make drivers think twice about running a red light, but newly installed cameras near the Streets of Indian Lake are actually always watching for something else.

They alert police about vehicles wanted in investigations, amber alerts or even stolen cars. The cameras use license plate recognition software, which can match a wanted vehicle in a matter of seconds.

The Franklin Police Department was one of the first to use the technology in 2008.

"We will be alerted when that stolen vehicle passes that camera," said Hendersonville Police Sgt. Jim Vaughn.

A Homeland Security grant is paying to equip three intersections in Hendersonville, Gallatin and in Sumner County.

This is actually the second part of this federal grant through the county's Emergency Management Agency. The first part put the technology in some patrol cars for Hendersonville Police, Gallatin Police and the Sumner County Sheriff's Office back in 2010.

Some people may worry the technology is a little too Big Brother, but Vaughn said they are meant to protect people in a world that's already full of cameras watching almost everything.

"We're not looking for that tag of the person going shopping for example. We're looking for tags of sex offenders, robbers, stolen tags, stolen vehicles," he said.

The new intersections should be all up and running in a few weeks.

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