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Fingerprints Taken in Some Traffic Stops

February 04, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

Sheriff's deputies in the Phoenix area are asking drivers getting ticketed for criminal traffic violations, such as excessive speeding, to provide their fingerprints.

The fingerprinting is part of a program that Sheriff Joe Arpaio said would help fight identity theft. Phoenix has the highest rate of identity theft complaints in the country, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Fingerprinting will help identify people with stolen or falsified driver's licenses, Arpaio said.

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