Buffalo Testing License Plate Readers at Major Intersection

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 6:07 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 6:07 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Drivers traveling through the intersection of Broadway and Bailey Avenue in Buffalo are noticing something new on the traffic poles: License Plate Readers.

According to Mayor Byron Brown, the City is testing the high-tech system to see if it will be useful as a deterrent to crime and a helpful tool to assist police in apprehending criminals

"Say someone goes into an area in a car and shoots at somebody, or shoots somebody, we would be able to get the license plate numbers of that vehicle," said Mayor Brown.

The devices have the ability to record the license plate number of all cars that pass underneath it, but that feature has some lawmakers a little concerned.

"We just have to be careful with it. I would really like to hear the public justification for reading license plates on every car that goes by a certain intersection, and what's going to be done with the information? That's a whole heck of a lot of information to process. So, I really do question why they are collecting it," added NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

Mayor Brown said he will send a proposal to the Common Council later this year asking for approval of the program which will be paid for with grant money.

The Mayor says he wants to see the license readers installed in strategic areas around Buffalo.