No Criminals Caught on Ferries Yet

The State Patrol’s new Automatic License Plate Recognition System hasn’t detected any criminals yet as they drive on the ferries in Seattle and Bainbridge Island. The system, which went live on  July 16, takes a picture of every car boarding the ferry and runs it though an FBI criminal database. A siren will sound if the car is stolen, has an Amber Alert on it, if its owner is wanted for a serious crime or if the license is connected with a known or suspected terrorist.

There was only one “hit” in the first five days, and that was a mis-read, said State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Trent Cain. That’s a good sign because as much as the troopers want to catch bad guys, an even higher priority is keeping them off the ferries so customers and employees are safe.

If they’re being chased to the highway, there are plenty of law enforcement officers there who can catch them, too, Cain said.