Automatic plate reader nabs Brampton driver without a license: police

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Published April 18, 2023 at 9:49 am

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Charges have been laid against a Brampton resident after police say they were caught driving without a permit by license plate reading technology.

Around 5:00 p.m. on April 9, the OPP says an officer from the Wellington County OPP was on duty in the area of Wellington Rd. 21 when they got a hit on an Automated License Plate Recognition System.

Police say the officer pulled over the vehicle and found a 23-year-old Brampton resident behind the wheel with no valid permit as well as no insurance.

A 23-year-old from Brampton has been charged with one count each of No Currently Validated Permit and Operate a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance. Police did not disclose any additional details about the accused.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the provincial offences court in Guelph on July 19. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Licence plate reading and facial recognition technology are becoming more common on Ontario roads, including Brampton City Council looking at purchasing new high-resolution traffic cameras that could include more high-tech features.

The OPP also says licence plate reading tech helped recover a stolen vehicle allegedly driven by a Brampton driver one day earlier in Cochrane, approximately 100 kilometres north of Timmins.

Just before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (April 8), the OPP says an officer from the James Bay Detachment pulled over a driver on Hwy 11 South in Cochrane. Police say the officer got a hit on an Automated Licence Plate Recognition and In-Car-Camera system which led to the traffic stop.

The vehicle was stolen and a 27-year-old driver from Brampton who was under suspension was arrested, police said.

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