SUDBURY -- Police in Greater Sudbury say an automated license plate scanner installed on a cruiser has done more than just help them catch people driving without a license.

The police service launched the Automated Licence Plate Recognition system in 2015 to improve road safety and to help officers find delinquent drivers.

"We have three mounted cameras," said Const. Jacques Roberge. "There are two on the driver's side, one on the passenger side. These cameras can detect two plates per second, per camera which is a significant amount of licence plates, especially during rush hour."

The traffic unit says there are currently 8,800 people in the Sudbury area who have suspended licences. But the system also helps police with other investigations.

"The most important fact that we can add to this system is missing persons, wanted parties and stolen vehicles," said Sgt. Tim Burtt. "Our officers have found stolen vehicles and have found wanted parties."

Police say the fine for driving while suspended is $1,000 for the first offence and $2,000 for each subsequent offence. The service plans to add a second license plate scanning system to its fleet soon.