JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Johnstown Police have been patrolling the city streets with a new tool to help catch violators.
“We are reading about 1300 license plates and getting about an average of 50 hits a shift,” said Patrolman Erin Kabler.
It’s apart of a new camera system installed on a police car. It scans every license plate on every car that drives by. It looks for those who have an expired license, no insurance, registration, stolen cars and even missing persons.
“It is a fantastic tool for officers in the city to use,” said Kabler. “We are more efficient with it.”
Prior to the system officers would have to type the plates into the computer or a violator would be picked up for an illegal driving offense. This system was bought and paid for through donations of local businesses in the city.
“It cost about $20,000.00,” said Kabler.
In just about a month the new system has proven to be more affective with a substantial increase in catching violators.