Tybee to use tag scanners during Orange Crush

Tybee to use tag scanners during Orange Crush

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Tybee police are warning people they plan on using license scanners during Orange Crush.

Mayor Pro Tem Wanda Doyle said the city never made the purchase, but they are borrowing the controversial license scanners from another municipality to help control the crowds during Orange Crush.

The news of the use of electronic license plate scanners and K-9 detection dogs was shared via the Tybee Island Police departments Twitter page.

It was just last year when the council voted unanimously to reverse a November decision to spend nearly $29,000 on the scanners.

The city was going to use the devices to record every car and truck coming on to the island, hoping to monitor tourism, until they found it was illegal.

Law enforcement said the practice of using the scanners on affixed police cars, bridges and buildings to capture passing or parked vehicles is legal and helps to automate the work they are already doing by sending the information into databases that can be reviewed for a duration of time.

Mayor Jason Buelterman said this is just one of the steps they are taking to help keep some sort of order during Orange Crush.

"It's a difficult situation we face, but we're going to try to make the best of it," said Buelterman. "When people come out here, they're going to have to understand they are going to follow our rules. They can't bring glasses to the beach or they will get a ticket for it, and it's an expensive ticket. We are going to share the rules on our social media. So the people that are coming out here will know exactly what the fines are, for all the various different infractions."

Tybee officials said this isn't the first time they have borrowed the scanners during large events. They said it helps them enforce the law.

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