Ontario Provincial Police are test driving a new tool in the search for people driving while their license is suspended.
It’s called automatic license plate recognition technology, that allows the officer to process the info on up to 3,600 plates an hour all while still behind the wheel.
The unit, mounted on the roof of the cruiser, sounds an alarm when approaching a vehicle with a suspended plate or license.
The officer still has to investigate whether the driver is the one suspended, but this scans a plate automatically instead of an officer having to type in the number, greatly speeding up the process while on patrol.
Some have raised concerns about privacy but the privacy commissioner was consulted on this issue, and the info on non-offenders is deleted, preventing the gathering of data.
What it does is allow police to process an incredible amount of information while performing regular duties.
No this is not like photo radar as nothing is sent in the mail and the officer still has to investigate every situation personally.
It’s technology finally catching up to the bad guys.
And as the chief always says, ‘compliance is free!’
That's the line we hear whenever a story breaks revealing the downfall of society.
I have said often, the media merely reflects what society wants to see, like holding up a mirror to the world.
However being in the media my view is brushed off as biased, forgetting I consume it too.
Recently on my show Gary McHale blamed the media in the Caledonia dispute saying they are only interested in broadcasting a brawling protest rather than the court decision that declares the natives have no more right to the DCE lands than you and me.
I could list many more examples of media scape goating.
However when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ( a person many have said the media has crucified) refused to stand when the rest of council gave an ovation to the organizers of World Pride Toronto, the message spread like wild fire across social media long before the 6pm news.
My point is, YOU are the media now too. YOU have just as much say as we do, if people are interested in your message.
This was never more clear when DC Comics said a sculptor could NOT use the Superman logo on a statue paying tribute to Jeffrey Baldwin, the little boy who was starved to death by his grand parents.
After an outcry, that started on social media, DC Comics reversed its decision and let the logo be used.
So the next time you chose to ‘blame the media’, perhaps look in the mirror first, especially before you post.
It wasn’t that long ago Ticat brass said the new stadium will be ready by the start of this year’s CFL season, although many questioned the optimism.
It wasn’t that long ago they said it will be ready, but just not finished.
Yesterday they admitted the new stadium will not be complete in time for the home opener and have moved the first two games in July to McMaster.
Hesitating to commit to the August 16 game, the team reminded us the builders remain adamant that it will be ready no later than Labour Day.
In the end, it does not matter as long as it is ready to host the Pan Am Games next year, the reason we got the government money to buy and build it in the first place.
Although, that does not stop you from shaking your head and muttering the words, “it doesn’t surprize me” considering how this whole debacle went down.
And when you weigh the pros and cons of the project to date, like having nowhere to put the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, you have to wonder now if they regret sticking to the same old, bad location, instead of the west harbour?
But the game being as tough as it is, they’d never have the courage to admit it, or try to explain why the old location is better than west harbour.
And more importantly, why are Hamiltonians always the ones that have to continually pay and suffer from bad planning.
Have you ever been driving along a U.S. interstate and off in the distance, peaking over the trees, you see a giant gas station sign that seems as tall as the CN Tower?
You think you’re only a short distance from the rest stop but it turns out its still miles away because the sign is as big as a house.
Mobile, Texaco, South of the Border, Stuckys home of the pecan log.
I remember on our annual car trip to Myrtle Beach us kids would try to guess how long before we would arrive at the location after spotting the sign.
Although it has taken decades for the city to come up with a Welcome to Hamilton sign it has taken no time for the Ticats to get going on the giant moniker that will tan the QEW from the Woodward Avenue treatment plant.
Since one of the major reasons they wanted a new stadium was because of a bad location no one could find, perhaps lighting the way will inspire those to finally travel into the residential area like moths to a bug zapper.
At one time we had no Hamilton signs, soon it will be a race to see which one is finished first.
We heard over the weekend the three bad guys involved in that daring Quebec prison escape have been recaptured.
They temporarily experienced freedom after a helicopter touched down within the facilities walls in a daring maneuver only seen in the movies, or Quebec.
We learned that the day before the break out a judge had ordered an easing of restrictions on the prisoners, removing their shackles when outside their cells the day before their escape, allowing them to run to the helicopter.
Apparently the judge was rewarding their good behaviour despite the trio’s charges of gangsterism and murder.
Even police warned them they had suspicion of a break out.
Detention centre guards could only watch as they are not armed.
This, again, raises the question of how we seem to give more rights to prisoners than we do the public.
Either these conditions are not strict enough or the corruption in the province is worse than we thought.