clear
Saturday August 29th, 2015 10:47AM

Flowery Branch looks at 'tag readers'

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller thinks equipping city police with tag readers is a good idea and wants cost estimates available by early next year.

Thursday night Miller instructed Police Chief David Spillers to get cost information on the readers, which enable patrolmen to instantly identify criminal suspects by tracing vehicle tag numbers.

"In conversations I've had with other law enforcement agencies and chiefs throughout the state, they say they've had quite a success with those tag readers," the mayor said. "With things like stolen cars and abducted children cases it's a way for police to patrol and get these high priority criminals off the street with minimal effort."

Council approved the purchase of Sprint AirCards for city police vehicle laptops, enabling officers to rapidly transmit ticket and citation information from their patrol cars to save time and money. Miller said the tag readers are expensive, as much as $20,000, but they could quickly pay for themselves with resulting forfeitures and drug money seizures.

"There are several businesses that provide these systems," Mayor Miller said. "You want to get the best bang for your buck, so Chief Spillers will investigate those different companies and report back to the city manager and find out which one makes the most sense for us economically."
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Dems, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections
Ten months to next year's midterm elections, Democrats are determined to make Congress' slim production of fewer than 60 laws and plenty of incompletes - on immigration, gun control, tax reform and basic spending bills - a defining issue, heaping much of the blame on the GOP-led House for obstructing President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.
1:38PM ( 1 year ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 1 year ago )
Mexican sales tax hike seen as boon on US border
Mexican license plates are common in parking lots of shopping malls in U.S. border cities. They will be even more familiar after Mexico raises its federal sales tax in border regions to match the rest of the country, say merchants and shoppers.
11:06AM ( 1 year ago )
Politics
Week 1: Big wins, tough losses mark full start of 2015 prep football season
The season got started with a bang for some area high school football teams – while others will be going back to the drawing board after a mix of results for northeast Georgia-based programs.
9:02AM ( 1 hour ago )
Job "blitz" coming to Gainesville's Melrose community
Melrose residents will have access to career guidance in their own community next month.
9:01AM ( 1 hour ago )
Police investigate murder-suicide of parents in Gwinnett
Authorities say the deaths of a Lawrenceville couple are being investigated as a murder-suicide in Gwinnett County.
8:24AM ( 2 hours ago )
Former Gwinnett sheriff's major convicted in corruption trial
A former Gwinnett County sheriff's major has been sentenced to jail for using his position for personal financial gain.
6:29AM ( 4 hours ago )
Tropical Storm Erika weakens as heads toward Cuba, but leaves 20 dead in eastern Caribbean
Tropical Storm Erika was losing its punch as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.
6:11AM ( 4 hours ago )