Wis. officials conducting license plate survey
- Associated Press
- October 3, 2013 - 11:25 AM
APPLETON, Wis. — The state Department of Transportation is taking photos of license plates in an effort to see if unregistered vehicles or expired registrations are a problem.
It's for a three-part study to help make the registration process more convenient and cost-effective, according to WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1g1MZOz ).
The state has hired a private contractor — for about $118,000 — to take digital photos of 2,200 cars and light trucks parked in public parking lots in eight counties. They started Sept. 9 and finished in Columbia, Winnebago and Outagamie counties. They expect to finish in Milwaukee, La Crosse, Wood, Washington, and Walworth counties by Thanksgiving, DOT Motor Vehicle Program Specialist Vikki VanDeventer said.
The contractor will then mail surveys to 500 random homes, likely in early 2014.
One option could include more detailed registration renewal stickers or doing away with the stickers entirely.
The survey isn't meant to catch people with expired registration, VanDeventer said. The contractor has access to limited information, she said.
"It's not Big Brother in that nothing ties back to the individual," she said.
One driver, Bruce Hansen of Gillett, is worried what the state will do with the information.
"It's strictly an invasion of privacy and that's mainly why people don't like the government right now, because they're sticking their nose into everybody's business," Hansen said.
But Sara Williams of Neenah isn't as concerned.
"It's not in my comfort level but I don't know that I am majorly bothered. I think they could find most of what they need online," Williams said.
A report with the survey results is expected by next summer.
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