Nick McWilliams reporting – Following a court ruling on tire chalking, the city of New Philadelphia is looking for alternatives.
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled the practice as unconstitutional, deeming it falls under the Fourth Amendment’s policy banning unreasonable searches.
Law Director Marvin Fete says that the ruling not only affects city law enforcement, but also local businesses, and adds that he is not a fan of the ruling.
“They likened it to a GPS tracker they might put on a murder suspect car. And you have to get a warrant to do that. I happen to think that’s a bridge too far, personally. We’ll have to see what happens. If it gets appealed to the [Ohio] Supreme Court, then, [they] could reverse that.”
The ruling spans Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
However, the city is looking into alternatives to chalking, like one system used in Columbus.
“You [can] use these digital license plate readers to take a picture of the license plate, and somehow you can track whether or not it’s been moved, somehow. I don’t know how it works. I’m not a technical guy.”
The systems which scan license plates and timestamp when they were initially read are used in larger cities but come with a hefty price tag of around $5,000 apiece.
By Fete’s estimation, the city stopped chalking tires around two weeks ago.
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