Using Automated License Plate Readers for Traffic Safety Purposes

The purpose of this study is to conduct preliminary qualitative research on the feasibility of using Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) as countermeasures to improve traffic safety. While ALPRs are deployed for a variety of purposes (for example, homeland security, locating and recovering stolen vehicles, etc.), the purpose of this study is to focus on the use of ALPRs for traffic safety purposes. Within traffic safety, the emphasis will be on license offenses, including revoked, suspended, or restricted licenses. However, the study should reveal whether ALPRs are being used for any other type of traffic safety function, e.g., speed enforcement. The research shall examine the full range of issues associated with the implementation and use of ALPRs for traffic safety purposes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This study is being conducted under the National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP), which is administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and jointly managed by NHTSA and the Governors Highway Safety Association.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $306250
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590

    Governors Highway Safety Association

    444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 722
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Managing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Project Managers:

    Atkins, Randolph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Petrella, Margaret

  • Start Date: 20151008
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210000
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Law Enforcement
  • Subprogram: NCREP

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01629733
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT5716C1003
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 23 2017 1:21PM