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Automatic license plate readers used in central Indiana

Automatic license plate readers used in central Indiana

Stephanie Zepelin | News 8 at 6:00

(WISH) — We all know the nervous feeling you get when you see a police car following you.

But did you know, local law enforcement can see where you’re going, even when they’re not on the road with you? New technology can track your comings and goings without law enforcement being anywhere near you.

The technology is something called an automatic license plate reader. They are high-speed cameras that take pictures of license plates, and turn them into searchable data. The cameras are being used by law enforcement in central Indiana.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indiana State Police both use automatic license plate readers. IMPD renewed their investment in the technology, putting new license plate scanners in the 2019 budget.

“When we talk about our constitutional rights, we have a freedom of travel, the freedom of not being under surveillance, the freedom of speech. And so as a lawyer, I would be concerned, if I go to a protest, that my license plate might be being tracked and my right to free speech could then be chilled,” said Shawn Boyne, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Boyne has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. She wanted people to know getting information from an automatic license plate reader is not like gathering other evidence.

“In order to get a warrant, you have to have probable cause that an individual has committed or is going to commit a crime,” she said. “So with these license plate readers, there’s no similar legal requirement that must be evaluated by a judge prior to their use.”

Automatic license plate readers capture the information of every driver on the road, logging their locations whether or not they are suspected of a crime.

Indiana has no laws on the books regulating automatic license plate readers. The legislature has considered it in the past but never advanced any bill into law.

A spokesperson for IMPD said the department does not restrict the use of the cameras to investigation of specific crimes.

ISP said it uses automatic license plate readers to find habitual traffic violators, stolen vehicles and people driving with suspended licenses.


How to make Apple Pie Tacos

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s dessert … in a taco shell!

Apple Pie Tacos are easy, delicious, and kids love them! 

Apple Pie Tacos

9 soft street-taco shells (see note below)
2 tablespoons raw sugar 
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided 
5 ROCKIT® apples, skin left on and diced
2 tablespoon raw honey 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
1/4 cup water, plus more
coconut whipped cream 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a plate, sprinkle raw sugar and cinnamon. Gently mix the two together. Spray both sides of the soft taco shells with nonstick cooking spray, then lightly dip both sides in the cinnamon mixture. 
2. Flip a muffin tin over. Place each cinnamon-coated soft taco shell between each of the muffin tins, so that the muffin-tin humps help the taco shell stay in place and formed. Place in the the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. 
3. To make apple filling, combine chopped apples, honey, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan. Stir cornstarch into the 1/4 cup water and add to the saucepan. Heat on medium for about 10 minutes until apples are completely softened and gooey-thick. You may need to add more water — about another 1/4 cup — as the apples cook to create a sauce-like mixture. 
4. Spoon the apple filling into each of the taco shells. Top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle cinnamon, or a little granola.  Enjoy immediately! 

Apple Pie Tacos (WISH Photo/Annessa Chumbley)

Note: A tortilla that’s about 3-4 inches across works great. If you need to, you can take a larger wheat tortilla, and cookie-cut it using a 3-4 inch small bowl.