FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The proliferation of cameras used to issue traffic citations is causing the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to change a long-time policy.
The idea is to prevent motorists from getting tickets that they don't deserve.
More than one million Hoosier drivers will be getting new license plates this year, with the purpose of ensuring that no two license plates will have the same number.
You may not have realized it, but the number on your car plate could be the same as the number assigned to a pickup truck or motorcycle under a different type or classification.
Law enforcement officers in Indiana are trained to recognize the differences.
But if an Indiana vehicle runs a red light in California, and it's caught on camera, that state might send the ticket to the first person found in a database, even if it's the wrong person.
A Hoosier motorist recently complained to the BMV that he'd gotten a citation for passing a toll booth without paying.
Dennis Rosebrough/Deputy Commissioner BMV: " For a toll that he supposedly had not paid when he was driving in Texas. Well, the problem was he'd never been to Texas."
Motorist Steve Becktell/Likes the Change: " I get enough bills the way it is, without getting something that isn't even mine.
Reporter: " So, you like the idea that they're going to change this?
Becktell: " Yes. It seems like the only logical thing to do.The new plates will be distributed through 2010.
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