In wake of another I-80 shooting, solutions reported

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In the wake of a shooting on I-80 in San Pablo on Sunday, the Bay Area News Group reported today about an “interconnected system of wireless cameras and microphones” that is being planned for highways 80 and 4 to prevent shootings.

The latest shooting occurred about 1 p.m. Sunday at El Portal Drive and shattered a Volkswagen car’s rear window and left three bullet holes in the vehicle, but did not injure anyone, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The highway was shut down for about 40 minutes for the investigation.

After 111 Bay Area freeway shootings from the start of 2015 to March this year — 36 occurring in Central and West Contra Costa County — a technological solution is underway.

As the Bay Area News Group reported today, interconnected cameras and microphones will be installed on Highways 4 and 80 called the “Freeway Security Network.” In October, multiple local law enforcement agencies signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the regional network, the news group said.

The technologies include a Shotspotter system and license plate readers, according to the report. We encourage our readers to check out the full report here.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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