[Politech] Cops ask Californians to rat on their neighbors' cars [priv]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Tue Apr 27 2004 - 09:27:57 PDT

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    [What, no cash award for turning in your next-door neighbor? --Declan]
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    Subject: For Politech: CA CHP asks motorists to rat on their neighbors...
    Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 23:12:40 -0700
    From: Thomas Leavitt <thomas@private>
    To: Declan McCullagh <declan@private>
    Change Plates - Or Make Them
    a major crackdown starting today, the California Highway Patrol wants
    residents statewide to turn in fellow motorists they suspect of illegally
    driving vehicles with out-of-state license plates. The public is being asked
    to jot down license plate numbers and other information and send it
    anonymously to CHP headquarters via computer. With that, the agency will
    track down violators. The effort will also be a moneymaker for California,
    says the head of the Highway Patrol, Commissioner D.O. "Spike" Helmick.
    Under the project, the public is being urged to use a CHP website to
    anonymously report possible violations,
    >From there, a handful of patrol officers and staff, using a nationwide
    computer system, will begin tracking down registration and driver's license
    information and send a demand for overdue California fees.
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