Drivers in Orlando, Winter Park and surrounding areas are able to purchase and use a Sunpass to travel on toll roads throughout Florida. Without a Sunpass, drivers will generally be billed by their license plates of tolls due, which can be a hassle. Sunpass is one of several toll-collection devices offered through the U.S., with EZ Pass another. EZ Pass is accepted in more than 15 states (but not Florida). Although EZ Pass isn't used here, one technique being considered could potentially hit Sunpass some day too.
Drivers need to be aware that there are new systems in place and that these toll collection devices are now doing much more than just allowing you to pay tolls electronically. According to a recent article on Fox News, there are now three states where EZ Pass has joined forces with the government in an effort to help reduce the number of people who speed on interstates or freeways. These states include Pennsylvania, New York and the state of Maryland.
An accident lawyer in Orlando knows that around 30 percent of all of the traffic accident fatalities in the United States occur in crashes involving excessive speed. Of these speeding-related accidents, 38 percent happen on minor local roads and 30 percent happen on interstates and freeways, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
When toll devices are used to monitor the speed of drivers, hopefully this will draw motorists' attention to how quickly they are going on highways. Motorists will be forced to slow down if they don't want to face consequences, and they will hopefully continue to maintain this slow speed so that they and others on the road are safer.
Toll Device Monitoring Could Help Reduce Highway Speeding
Under the monitoring program, drivers who pass through a toll plaza will have their speed detected. The information obtained is not going to be used to ticket drivers or to put points on their license that could raise insurance rates, at least not under the current system.
Drivers who go too fast through the EZ Pass lanes do face penalties, even if they won't get a ticket. They could lose their EZ Pass privileges. In Maryland, for example, a driver is allowed to travel 30 miles-per-hour when going through a toll plaza. If a driver goes 12 miles-per-hour over this 30 MPH limit, then this will be considered excessive speed by EZ Pass. If the driver does this two times over the course of a six-month period, then the motorist will have his EZ Pass suspended for a period of 60 days.
There are some widely expressed concerns about whether toll passes should be used for these purposes. Drivers fear that this could escalate to the point where they are ticketed for speeding. There is also concern about whether this could be a privacy violation.
While these concerns may have merit, the sad fact is that there were 1,185 people who were killed in crashes on interstates and highways in the United States in 2012. Nationwide on all roads, there were 10,219 deaths because of speeding.
If EZ Pass monitoring is able to make motorists think twice about going too fast and it encourages them to slow down, then this is likely to spread to Florida and could one day affect Sunpass.
Central Florida accident victims and families who lost loved ones can contact Orlando personal injury attorney Richard B. Troutman by calling 866-434-5770 or visit www.richardtroutman.com. Serving Orlando, Winter Park, FL and surrounding areas.