An update to yesterday's post about the plan to scan bar codes on OK license plates in an effort to catch uninsured motorists
Public Safety Commissioner Kevin Ward said, "I don’t know of technology that can actually read a bar code from that far away, I am aware of technology that can actually read the car (tag’s) characters. It would be able to decipher those and make a check through the system.”
Ok, now, now that everyone agrees that scanning bar codes is stupid I can be indignant over the Orwellian nature of this plan to put cameras all over the state.
I HATE this idea. Here are some questions I'd like answered:
- Who controls the images collected?
- How long will these images be stored?
- Who has access to these images?
- For what other purposes will these images be used?
- Who will have access to the data stored in the insurance database?
- What information is in this database?
- How much money will the vendor who runs the cameras rake in (because you know it will be administered privately)?
- What metric will be used to gauge the success of this project? Amount of money received, or some indicator of a reduction in uninsured motorists?
- If there is a drastic reduction in uninsured motorists, how will the project be funded?
- Is the company that is likely to get the contract to run these cameras an out of state company?
- Who is handing out the tickets?
- Under what jurisdiction will the tickets be handed out?
- Will the people that get these tickets be able to go to court?
- Will the people that get these tickets be required to go to court?