Today, the Town of Bedford Police announced they will no longer use the chalk on the tire system of determining if you’ve stayed at the parking meter too long.
In their official press release, the BPD says:
Bedford Police: New Parking enforcement technology in use
The Bedford Police will no longer be utilizing the traditional chalking of tires method to monitor overtime parking.
New License Plate Reader (LPR) technology is now in use in town. Vehicles are now monitored through state of the art Global Positioning System (GPS) technology which alerts our parking enforcement officers to vehicles that are in violation of our overtime restrictions. In addition, this new technology identifies scofflaw vehicles as well.
Here’s the license plate reader…..
I have no idea how this actually works. Let’s say I’m getting my hair streaked (which takes almost three hours) and I’m parked in Bedford Village where there are no meters but there’s an understanding of the two hour limit. Occasionally a Bedford meter maid comes around, not every day, but often enough, that if I am under the dryer over the two hours and exceeded the limit, my hairdresser keeps an eye out for any cops, and if need be, she moves my car (I can’t go outside wrapped in tin foil!)
The question then becomes: by moving my car, is what my hairdresser doing morally wrong or is she doing a service to herself and fellow Bedford merchants by allowing me to stay while I patronize said merchant, without fear of getting a ticket? I don’t abuse the system. I don’t park in town all day but there are things in town that take longer than two hours. Dining. Going on house tours with any one of the many realtors in the Village. Hairdresser. Library. Weddings.
If they can use GPS to see if I’ve overparked, what else can this GPS plate detector determine? Does it know where else I’ve gone???? Or where I’m going next?
I don’t think I like this idea.