A pilot program that would allow law enforcement in a handful of parishes to use technology that can automatically scan a driver’s license plate would be created under a bill nearing final passage.

Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, touted his bill as a way to crack down on uninsured motorists and car thieves by making it easier to compare the license plates against databases.

The House transportation committee agreed Tuesday to the Senate-backed measures. Senate Bill 250 heads next to the full House.

Johns said the program would be piloted in nine parishes: Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Bossier, Calcasieu, Iberville, Plaquemines, Terrebonne and Webster parishes.