Gov. directs Oklahoma Highway Patrol to delay using new card readers

Posted at 5:00 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 18:00:58-04

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Governor Mary Fallin directed the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to delay using their new card reading devices Friday. 

Fallin said she wants to create a policy for using the electronic devices before they are used. These devices are used to read the magnetic strips on credit, debit and gift cards. 

The Electronic Recovery and Access to Data readers are intended to apprehend those involved in identity theft or other illegal activities involving monetary transactions.

The OHP has had the them for about a month. The agency purchased 20 readers, but has not used them to seize any funds. 

"The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has enjoyed the trust of Oklahoma motorists for decades," Fallin said. "Taking time to develop policy for the use of these devices and to educate the public will help calm the fears of the motoring public."

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