There are now 77 more automatic license plate readers in the province, and many of them have been handed out to members of the Provincial Response Team which includes conservation officers. 

"It's a computerized system," explained Game Warden, Lindsey Leko whose vehicle has one of these devices. "It's a scanning device that is mounted on the top of police officer's vehicles and now conservation officers vehicles which automatically reads licence plates and then it matches them to a database supplied by SGI."

"Basically what it does is it identifies suspended drivers, stolen vehicles and unregistered vehicles."

"Now that we're part of the Provincial Response Team, that is going to be part of our mandate in trying to make the rural part of the province safer and making sure that we don't have any of these types of vehicles out there."

The system is also hooked up to the Amber Alert program. 

"Another plus that I personally liked in it is that we can program our own license plates and own information into it. So for example, during hunting season, if I have a specific target that I'm looking for or if I've got a suspended hunter or a suspended angler, as I'm out there patrolling, it will automatically scan that plate. If it turns up to be a match, it'll identify it and let me know and then I can continue on with whatever enforcement that I would be required to do."

"As out job evolves, some of this technology is now going to help us out."

He added for those who are concerned about law enforcement being able to collect information on drivers, they need not worry.

"All it does, as I'm driving around, it identifies a plate. The screen goes red with an audible warning saying that it has triggered something in the database and it gives me a location, a time and a plate number. It gives me no personal information on the driver at all."

"Once I receive that information, then the investigation part starts. At that point, I want to confirm that it read the plate properly then we have to go through the normal investigative process of contacting SGI or going through our laptop database to determine in fact if it is a stolen vehicle or if it is unregistered or a disqualified driver."

"There is a chance that if I didn't update it that morning perhaps that driver registered their vehicle the night before or that morning and it is perfectly fine. It's in real time as long as the officers make sure they update their database regularly."

He added that once the plate shows up, the information disappears after approximately ten seconds unless they choose to save the information. 

More Local News

EPS Make 2 Arrests Over The Weekend

Even though last night was a bit uneventful, the Estevan Police Service had a very busy weekend. Sunday the weather was warming up as the EPS received a complaint of a theft of fuel from a local gas…

**UPDATED**Nursing Home Committee Still Waiting on Sask. Government

The need for a new nursing home facility in Estevan has been a battle that has not seen anything positive since the last updates the nursing home. READ MORE: Estevan Regional Nursing Home's Progress…

Canada Infrastructure Program Investing Millions

Municipalities and other eligible groups will be able to submit potential infrastructure projects for initial consideration under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Warren Kaeding…

The ECS See Facility Upgrades

The Estevan Comprehensive School sees hundreds of students come and go through its doors every day throughout the school year. With continuous use, the school has been upgrading its facility. This…

Protests Continue Around Carbon tax And Bill C-69

With the Yellow Vest Movement and the United We Roll Convoy weeks behind us, it can be easy to forget that people took to the streets in protest of what many consider the federal governments attempt…

The EPS Deal With Drugs and Alcohol Overnight

The EPS had another busy night last night keeping drugs and alcohol out of the hand of people who should know better. Constable Gropp with the EPS shares the incidents and how they were handled.…

Estevan Arts Council Wraps Up 2018-19 Concert Year

The Stars for Saskatchewan Concert series wrapped up on March 14th with their final show of the year featuring Heather Rankin. Wilma Mantei president of the Estevan Arts Council tells us a little bit…

Dance Recital Great Way To Cap Off The Year For Estevan Recreational Dance Club

The Estevan Recreational Dance Club Held there 3rd annual Spring Dance Recital on Saturday. Crowds of several hundred people packed both performances at the Estevan Comprehensive School to watch a…

Top 5 Insurance Fraud Schemes

SGI has a new unit that is in charge of making sure that the insurance company along with its customers keeps our money in our pockets. Tyler McMurchy Manager of Media Relations explains, "SGI’s…

Sask Party And Opposition Vote To Send a Strong Message To Ottawa

Last week MLA's from across the province came together in an act of political solidarity and unanimously voted to send a strong message to Ottawa by calling on the federal government to halt and… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide