Alton, IL Police Chief hopes to have LPR cameras installed on the bridge going into Missouri by Christmas

License-plate-reading (LPR) cameras will be installed on the Clark Bridge soon, and Alton Police Chief Jason “Jake” Simmons hopes they will be ready by Christmas.

The cameras, which have stirred much social media controversy since they were announced earlier this year, will be equipped to read every license plate of each vehicle crossing both from Missouri into Illinois and Illinois into Missouri. Any plates registered as stolen or attached to a warrant will send an alert to several area police departments, including both Alton and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.