Kaye Beach

Oklahoma Watchdog Questions Governor’s Press Secretary on License Plate Scanner Scheme

In Accountability, Issues, Oklahoma State Capitol on December 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm

December 17, 2009

Oklahoma City–This morning, Andrew Griffin, an investigative Reporter for Oklahoma Watchdog and The Red Dirt Report, sent an inquiry about the proposed license plate scanning cameras to Phil Bacharach, Governor Henry’s Press Secretary.

Good morning Phil,

Here is the link to the blog post I wrote on the website OklahomaWatchdog.org
http://oklahoma.watchdog.org/2009/12/16/norman-activist-inquires-whether-gov-henry-will-use-executive-order-to-implement-license-plate-scanners/

And here is the story Kaye Beach wrote on her blog, Axxiom for Liberty

http://axiomamuse.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/woolly-boogers-loose-in-the-oklahoma-state-house-online-insurance-verification-bill/

The issue of license-plate readers (scanners) is one people are very interested in. It appears that Gov. Henry may sign an executive order before Christmas allowing for their implementation.

Specifically, we would like to know the following:

•What makes using these surveillance devices the best of all possible enforcement options?

•What exactly will the cameras be used for?

•What other capabilities are inherent with this system?

•Does  any agency in or state or nation have any plans for future uses of this system?

•Can Oklahoma drivers expect this system to be utilized for  the purpose of charging them mileage/usage/congestion fees?

•How long would images/data be retained ?

•What specific  information will be collected through this system?

•What other data can/will be combined or attached to the data collected by this system?

•What system is used to transmit or store this data?

•What other agencies (list) have access to the system used to transmit or store this data?

•Under what conditions could this information be shared?

•How are funds from fines collected due to this system distributed?

If you are able to help me get answers to these questions, I would be most appreciative.

Cordially,

Andrew W. Griffin

OklahomaWatchdog.org

RedDirtReport.com

(405) 420-2940

If you object to the use of license plate surveillance cameras/red-light cameras by Oklahoma’s Dept. of Public Safety please call Governor Brad Henry and your elected officials:

Governor Brad Henry: 1-800-865-5853, 1-405-521-2342
Oklahoma State House: 1-800-522-8502, 1-405-521-2711
Oklahoma State Senate: 1-800-865-6490, 1-405-524-0126

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