Zolnikov tells me license plate readers are legal in Montana but are very restricted. He says the data has to be deleted, it can’t be shared without specific plate requests, and it can only be used for certain crimes. The plates also have to be verified before a person can be pulled over.
The Belgrade News has a good writeup on the story as well. They spoke with Task Missouri River Drug Task Force Commander and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Ryan Stratman, who says that surrounding states have seen a lot of benefits after putting license plate readers to use catching sexual predators, locating missing children, and identifying drug traffickers.