Rhode Island Bill (H5402) Would Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would prohibit “roadway surveillance,” including the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) without a warrant in most situations. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates.

A coalition of four Democrats introduced House Bill 5042 (H5042) on Jan. 9. The legislation would prohibit “roadway surveillance” and bar police from using ALPRs  unless “undertaken by law enforcement in the investigation of a particular violation, misdemeanor, or felony pursuant to a warrant or court order based on probable cause.”

H5402 defines “roadway surveillance” as: