Police nab disqualified driver using new automated license plate recognition system

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On February 20th, 2018 officers with the Patrol Services Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service arrested 49 year old Karen Lapointe of Peoples Road for driving while disqualified.

At 2:45 p.m. officers were operating the Automated License Plate Recognition System (ALPR) on Peoples Road near Second Line West.

The system directed the officer’s attention to a vehicle that was registered to a female that was a disqualified driver.

The officer conducted a traffic stop and confirmed that the driver was the registered owner of the vehicle and that she was a disqualified driver.

She was arrested and charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle when she was disqualified.

She will appear in court on March 26th, 2018.

Sault Police Contact Information:

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, 580 Second Line East, Sault Ste. Marie ON P6B 4K1. (705) 949-6300 or [email protected]


  1. I like it ,if only people would do what is right we wouldn’t need this ,but sense there people who think they can do what ever to who ever any time we need help getting these people. off the roads ! Same as ride checks don’t mind a few minutes to chat with the police ,could save some ones life ,maybe your own or a love one .if your not doing any wrong then you have little to worry about .yes go get them!

  2. No Insurance, No License?
    Drive a battery operated scooter.
    Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware, any store very much is selling a torch with a small propane gas tube to defrost your behinds each time you have to walk away from the scooter.
    If you know someone driving without the requirements of the law, report them, they can kill your kids, your family and damage your property.

    • So you’re saying that driving a vehicle that isn’t allowed to be on the road should be legal? If her sister was driving it she very likely would not have been arrested as she could say she didn’t know the car was not allowed on the road. However, in this case the person prohibited from driving was the driver so she was arrested because for some other (possible) violation she was prohibited from driving. No rights eliminated. You may disagree, but you may also like to break the law.

    • Richard… The point is that a disqualified driver cannot be spotted by merely observing them driving padt. Unless officers stop ever vehicle and check documents, they cannot catch all of the disqualified drivers.

    • Where is $300,000.00 mentioned? What are you talking about? I guess you would be okay if this driver hit your vehicle and you wound up paying for all of the costs because they’re uninsured?

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