The sad thing is, hardly any conservatives who oppose this sort of intrusion are willing to see it as a budgetary problem. They think it’s a separate battle, whereas in reality the two are are the same issue. A police state runs on money.
A report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police warns that “recording driving habits” could raise First Amendment concerns. It noted that plate readers might record “vehicles parked at addiction-counseling meetings, doctors’ offices, health clinics, or even staging areas for political protests.”