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Ill. Uses Rest Stop Security Cameras

August 20, 2002

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ The state is spending nearly $4 million to equip highway rest stops with security cameras and emergency call boxes, officials said Monday.

The system, expected to be in place by mid-October, will let people contact state police if they feel threatened at any of the state’s 53 rest stops and will give police a record of crimes committed there.

People needing help simply push a button on the emergency box. That automatically alerts authorities and sends them pictures from that camera so they can see what is happening.

``It adds to our homeland security,″ said Mike Monseur, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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