Push on to install license plate recognition cameras on Clark Br - KMOV.com

Push on to install license plate recognition cameras on Clark Bridge

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ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Officials with Alton, Godfrey and Madison County are considering installing license plate recognition cameras on the Clark Bridge.

The cameras would cover all traffic lanes going into and coming out of Alton as drivers cross into Missouri.

Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick said the cameras would be used for safety, not for revenue. He said the cameras would not be converted to catch speeders. He also addressed those who have privacy concerns.

“Godfrey is a community that has very little crime, it’s a big deal if there is shoplifting at the Walmart up the street,” McCormick said.

This past summer, two carjacking cases shook the community. McCormick says the carjackings were traced to suspects who’d come over the bridge from Missouri.

The cameras would be roughly $100,000 and Godfrey, Alton and Madison County are looking at how the cost would be divided.

McCormick said there are still questions about how the cameras would be installed on the bridge. However, if everything moves forward with no problems, the cameras could be in place before the end of the year.

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