You’re driving along and pass a cop car. Maybe it’s parked, maybe it’s heading in the opposite direction. You’re not doing anything wrong. The cop car has cameras mounted on it that read your license plate, and in seconds receives info that your registration is overdue. You’re busted. From 7-Days:

Cram’s high-tech car catching is dependent on data that run through the Vermont Information and Analysis Center in Williston, formerly called the Vermont Fusion Center. Twice a day, at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., the VIAC pushes out information to police agencies that are using license-plate readers. That data dump includes Department of Motor Vehicles records on expired registrations and suspended licenses, active criminal arrest warrants and wanted persons from the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, or NCIC.

But Cram’s data — photographs of dozens of license plates with no known violations — also travels back to the VIAC, a multiagency intelligence operation staffed by the state police under the direction of Lt. Mark Lauer. Using scanned plates, the Vermont State Police have built a vast statewide database that can track a vehicle’s travel history with a few keystrokes.

Much more in the interesting article at the link. The ACLU and the Vermont legislature are considering limits on the stored data in this system.

As one legislator put it, maybe we should just point a police camera at every single person’s front door!

Nice bit of reporting.