Those pesky portable road signs that tell you how fast you are going and tell you to ‘slow down’ when you are speeding are also collecting license plate data and other information for the government.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is retrofitting radar display trailers with equipment that captures and tracks the license plate and driver data which agencies can use as they please.
A Federal Biz Ops solicitation for “Radar Speed Display Trailers” from mid-August reveals: “The US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intends to make a sole source award to RU2 Systems Inc. RU2 Systems Radar Speed Display Trailers, are retrofitted as mobile LPR platforms.”
If you are unfamiliar with the term LPR it stands for “Licence Plate Reader.”
“These platforms are in high demand by DEA division offices across the country, and will be utilized on a continuous basis for constant and targeted LPR acquisition efforts in rural and difficult to cover areas where LPR fixed or other mobile applications are not effective or available.,” the solicitation reads.