Wednesday, November 16, 2016

the state of Illinois is going to replace all the license plates, but isn't being up front about why. Speed limit and stop light camera revenue generators

The press release from the Illinois Secretary of State points out that on older license plates, the reflectivity diminishes with age, which impacts law enforcement’s ability to quickly and accurately identify license plate numbers.

Sounds like a way to capture more revenue from traffic and speed camera violations.

This the first time the state has replaced plates en masse since 2001. That year, the state swapped out some 9 million plates in a single year, but some were made with aluminum and others with steel. Reflective paint used for the tags did not adhere properly to the steel plates, causing them to rust


  1. The old reflective plates were steel and painted with reflective paint. It was the heat retention of the steel that affected the life of that paint.
    The new aluminium plates retain less heat and have a reflective material bonded to the blank. Once stamped, A glare reduction layer is then added over top.
    The old course reflective paint would 'flare' too much, where the new method is more uniform and can be 'read' much easier.

    The part they don't tell you, is that the new plates are only part of the package. The Automatic License Plate Recognition system is the next step. These things have a 'live' data base, can scan 360 degree and track a stationary vehicle just as easily as one going 200 kph.

    When introduced in Australia in 2010. In the first 6 months, one trial district caught 6750 stolen vehicles, 2500 unregistered drivers, 1100 uninsured vehicles and 240 unlicensed drivers from 8 cameras mounted in highway patrol vehicles.

    All hardware and software with 8 mobile camera units cost the measly sum of 6 million. When each camera generated more than a million dollars annually, it was the start of things to come and a real governmental bargain.

    The state of New South Wales in the 2013-14 financial year received $408,000 dollars a day, and $532,000 a day in 2015 in red light and speed camera revenue all in the name of road safety.

    1. It's a money maker, no question. I'm really shocked at the report of stolen cars! Hell, they do nothing to find stolen cars here... I suppose it's because it's hopeless to try and find something 5 minutes from the worlds largest international border crossing, that has nothing to keep it from crossing into Mexico. They only check to see what is coming INTO the USA, there is nothing slowing a person down from walking into Mexico. Unregistered drivers, or expired registrations? Good, catch them, fine them, and get them legal. Uninsured vehicles? Whoa... get them off the road. I've seen a multi camera cop car rolling through shopping center parking lots, they just drive up and down all the rows of cars, and the roof and trunk are camera laden. I posted about it.