Program Helps LPD Officers Combat Forgotten Drivers Licenses

Lynchburg, VA- Hill City drivers are forgetting something very important when they hit the road: their drivers licenses.

According to officers in the Traffic Safety Unit of the Lynchburg Police Department, you'd be surprised how often it happens.

Now they have some neat technology to help with the problem. It's part of their MCT program, or Mobile Concepts Technology. The technology allows officers to get information on drivers while they're out in the field.

If you're pulled over for a traffic offense and don't have your license, an officer can enter some information into his or her computer, and can pull up your drivers license information. He or she can use a license plate number, drivers license number, social security number, or even your name and date of birth.

The mobile system has been around for a while, but now, along with the information, your picture from the DMV pops up.

Officer M.D. Bauserman says when they are equipped with a photo, it's pretty easy to determine if a driver is telling the truth.

"Occasionally some people try to use other people's information as their's if they don't have a license or maybe if they're wanted or something. They'll provide somebody else's information. Sometimes it's a family member, or sometimes they just use somebody that they know's information to try to avoid arrest or receiving a ticket," said Bauserman.

This is separate from license plate scanning. The information is manually entered into the program, and by law, officers need a legitimate reason to run your information.

Officer Bauserman says it is very important to carry your drivers license for several reasons; a person is required by law to have a license when driving, and it can be important for identification purposes if you are ever in an accident.

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