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Editorial: Tackling the rising tide of expressway shootings with technology that reads license plates

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08.09.2021

Let’s list everything that’s maddening about driving on Chicago area expressways.

The gridlock that wears away at your time, patience and sanity. The tailgaters who try to intimidate by coming within inches of your rear bumper. The people who weave from lane to lane, the drunken drivers endangering everyone around them — the list is exceedingly long.

This year, however, navigating Chicago expressways is more than just maddening. Motorists on the Kennedy, Eisenhower, Dan Ryan, Bishop Ford and other regional freeways can’t help but shudder at the alarming spike in highway shootings this year. During the first nine months of 2021, there were 159 shootings on Chicago expressways, eclipsing the total for 2020 — 128 gun attacks — and more than doubling the number for 2019.

One of those shootings ended the life of Denise Huguelet, a retired special education teacher from Orland Park. The 67-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 11 was heading home from a White Sox game Aug. 17 when she........

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