Ok. Some of you may think I am going off the plantation here on this post. Well, Ok, some of you may think I was never on it. But let me throw some darts around and I'll let you decide where they are landing.
Have you ever really wondered why there are so many highway cameras popping up all over the place? It seems that any time a stretch of highway is constructed, or even rebuilt, a very tall pole with cameras pointing each and every way pops up shortly thereafter. I have even seen them pop up on non-Interstate highways. I have wondered myself.
Oh yes, I too at first believed that they were there for my safety. They are there mainly to monitor traffic patterns and flows. They are there so the radio stations can track congested traffic. I was told they were so that DOT personnel can watch for broken down vehicles, wrecks, or any other potentially dangerous situations. But, the cameras started popping up in low-traffic areas and even pointed up and down in-town roads that crossed over the highways. What's going on here?
It would seem that there is a US-wide growth in what people are calling "spy-cam" cameras on the highway system for the purpose of scanning license plates. Why you ask?
Have you ever been in an accident with an uninsured person and been upset as to how that person was able to get a license and drive? How he was able to remain driving on the road so long and then give you the blessing of running in to you?
This spy-cam system would seem to be the government's answer.
It's called the INSUREnet. INSUREnet states:
Some form of Motor Vehicle Insurance is now mandatory in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, however the losses sustained each year due to fraud and insufficient or incorrect data is in the tens of billions of dollars. These costs are passed on to policyholders and taxpayers. In response, InsureNet has developed a simple yet complete answer that delivers totally accurate, instant insurance status verification. An additional unique advantage is that this system is also non-invasive, ensuring protection for every insurer and policyholder.
Ever wonder why your license plate has changed? And now it has a barcode on it? Kansas and Oklahoma plates do. Nebaraska? Texas?
The InsureNet technology assigns a "UC", (Unique Code), to each combination of policy and VIN, (Vehicle Identification Number), which becomes the "bridge" between insurers and government entities and records. No insurer is required to do anything more than they do already, (they can actually do less), and no special software, hardware or implementation is required. This new system is also far safer than what is done now, but is totally accurate, providing all parties with reliable, automatic, and totally safe data which is completely free of all personal details.
In other words, a state government signs on to INSUREnet. They share license and insurance information. When you pick up your new license plate, the barcode is tied to you and your information such as car and insurance type. As you drive the highways, these cameras scan your license plate's bar code and compares that to the current database. The barcode links to your database now shows you don't have insurance for whatever reason.
BING!! You got a ticket. And now the state has a solid source of revenue. While the populace has revolted against speed-cameras, the government has silently switched over to "insurance cameras".
Kansas is totally stoked with the idea of making tons of money off of this. Oklahoma is quickly ramping up its operations. Nevada, while rejecting the plan last year, seems eager to find another external funding source this year.
And surprising enough, former Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer and his Sooners Communications company are involved with INSUREnet.
When will this stop? They said they were just going to monitor traffic. Now they are monitoring license plates and if you have insurance or not. Could this system be used to track movements? Could this system be used to find people without warrants? They are already pushign for tracking you via your cell phone to be made possible without a search warrant.
Will these new cams be later outfitted with speed radar? How about looking to see if your seatbelts are on? Determine if you are driving while using cell phones?
How about we just tell our state governments that they need to find a more solid and more respectable funding source. Spying is not a valid source of income.