CHICAGO (TOC) — Illinois State Police are putting in dozens extra automated license plate readers on space expressways.
Earlier this yr, they put in 99 cameras on the Dan Ryan expressway, and are including 56 new ones on I-90, I-290, I-55 and I-57.
Final yr, ISP obtained a $12.5 million grant as a part of the Tamara Clayton Expressway Act to buy the specialised cameras for the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) venture.
The ALPR software program and cameras are supposed to assist investigators in Cook dinner County expressway shootings and vehicular hijackings by transmitting photographs to a central location the place regulation enforcement can cross-reference in opposition to automobiles wished in prison exercise.
Officers have mentioned the cameras, nonetheless, won’t be used for petty offenses, comparable to dashing.
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The Tamara Clayton Expressway Digicam Act (Expressway Digicam Act) was signed into regulation on July 12, 2019, and have become efficient on January 1, 2020. Clayton was shot and killed whereas driving on I-57 close to Cicero Avenue whereas on her solution to work in Feb. 2019, police mentioned. ISP investigators responded and the investigation into her loss of life stays open and ongoing, ISP mentioned.
“These cameras give us the technological edge to pursue leads and determine suspects on the Chicago expressways,” mentioned ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly beforehand mentioned. “Let me be clear, criminals who commit severe crimes on the expressways shall be caught and held accountable. The ISP are dedicated to making sure public security on the Chicagoland expressways and throughout the state.”
ISP continues to induce the general public to please contact the ISP (847) 294-4400, in the event that they witness a capturing or have any data, which might help on this or any investigation. The ISP additionally encourages the motoring public to attempt to safely receive a license plate of automobiles concerned in prison conduct, when potential, and to report any data to the ISP.
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