Crime Fighting Tool Creates ID Number

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Sheriffs' departments in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle are trying a fingerprint-photo system that will generate a unique I-D number for anyone they arrest.

The fingerprint system is part of a two-pronged test of new technology from M-C-J Incorporated of Rockford.

The West Virginia sheriff's departments also will soon start using the EyeCheck, a binocular-style device that scans the reactivity of the human eye for drug impairment and sleep deprivation.

The EyeCheck gives a pass-fail reading for sleep-deprived truck drivers and drugged motorists.

EyeCheck and the fingerprint photo system also may prove a cost-efficient way for probation officers to keep a closer eye on offenders.