Road safety and traffic are of great concern to Montrealers because these factors have a direct impact on the sense of safety and quality of life in Montreal’s neighbourhoods and boroughs. Police officers are major players in the objective to improve road safety.The environment in which the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) works has changed significantly over the past few years with respect to road safety:
The initiative has several objectives:
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Since February 2011
This initiative was undertaken to achieve these objectives:
The costs associated with the implementation of this project resulted in a return on investment during the first year the system was used.Proud of the results achieved during the pilot project and aware that such a system brings real gains in terms of both road safety and payments for driver’s licences and registration to the SAAQ, the SPVM made a case to the SAAQ and obtained funding to cover a portion of the cost of equipment.
Phased implementation, beginning with installation on three vehicles to test the system in the field. Thereafter, 30 SPVM vehicles were equipped with the automated licence plate reader system. In addition, the officers using the system received training before being given an access code.
Since the automated licence plate reader system is still in the project phase, it is too early to evaluate outcomes. However, the SPVM is already taking steps to ensure that set objectives are met. Planned action includes monitoring of vehicle use to encourage their utilization on the three shifts; reviewing how vehicles are dispatched at the community policing centres and making any necessary changes; and loaning vehicles out for periods of several months.
The automated licence plate reader system will:
The automated licence plate reader system helps increase the efficiency of police work with respect to road safety. This system makes it possible to check the validity of a large number of licence plates (authorized road use and validity of driver’s licence), as well as more effectively identify stolen vehicles, vehicles involved in an Amber Alert and vehicles of police interest.