UPDATE: Traffic cameras did not record fatal hit-and-run on I-10
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
The Alabama Department of Transportation operates hundreds of cameras across interstates and highways all over the state of Alabama. But, when a motorcyclist was hit and killed Saturday, they were not recording.
Daphne Police confirm Paul Phipps from Florida died when he was hit by a vehicle on I-10 Saturday. According to authorities, an SUV collided with the 35-year-old's motorcycle and left the scene. The suspect's vehicle is a white SUV, possible a Tahoe with Texas plates. There was a white male and female inside, but, police aren't sure who was driving. Investigators are also looking for an 18-wheeler that also left the scene of the accident.
A representative with ALDOT said they do not have video of the accident and they do not record on accidents due to "monetary issues".
In a statement, Cheyenne West, ALDOT's Public Information Officer for the Southwest Region said in part:
"We don't have the money to purchase the equipment and hire people to monitor and recording 24/7. Our cameras are for traffic management. This is a statewide policy with ALDOT. They do not record live cameras".
Mississippi's Department of Transportation and Florida's Department of Transportation operate live cameras and do not record on the feeds.