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HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

Harris County deputies are using advanced equipment to crack down on illegal drivers.

News Leader 9's Jenyne Donaldson rode along with the deputies to see the license plate scanners in action.

According to the Insurance Information Institute in 2009, Georgia ranked 12th in the country for the most uninsured drivers.

The mobile plate hunter costs $16,000 each, and they've paid for themselves four times over in the month that they have been active. The license plate reader scans each license plate that passes by the infrared camera and alerts the deputy if there's something wrong in just one second.

Deputy Carroll is one of two deputies using the equipment and says the plate number is checked against millions of files.

"As the camera passes the license plate on a vehicle whether it's stationary or moving, it runs it through a database against approximately 2.4 million files that are given by the Department of Revenue," said Carroll.

The information is run through a database that checks the plate number for expired tags, canceled registration, a stolen vehicle, and wanted or missing people. If the system sees something wrong with the plate an alarm sounds and lights flash to alert the deputy.

Partial plate numbers can even be put into the system to help find vehicles when BOLOs or Amber Alerts are issued.

The plate reader recently helped deputies spot a stolen vehicle that led to the biggest meth bust they've ever had in Harris County.

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