http://www.kutv.com/news/features/local ... _597.shtml
(KUTV) Drivers traveling through Washington and Beaver Counties on I-15 may soon have their license plates scanned by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the DEA says the primary purpose of the scanners would be to catch or build cases against drug traffickers - but they say the scanners could also be used to catch kidnappers and violent criminals.
One scanner would capture the license plates of vehicles traveling northbound in Washington County and another scanner would catch license plates heading south on I-15 in Beaver County.
Both the Beaver and Washington County Sheriffs say they're in favor of the scanners.
The DEA says the scanners would only catch the license plate, GPS coordinates, and direction the car is traveling.
Then, if law enforcement has inputted a license plate number for a car to be stopped, local police will be immediately notified via e-mail or text message of when the car crossed the scanner.
That data would be routed through the police dispatch centers, according to the DEA, in Beaver and Washington Counties to a DEA facility in Virginia where it would be stored for 2 years.
Some legislators are skeptical and say they are concerned about the DEA storing the data for two years and who would be able to access it.
Committee members have asked for more information on the scanners and data storage and will be discussing the topic again in June.