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Florida_highway.jpgOur South Florida traffic attorneys recently read about how open-road tolling is reducing the number of motor vehicle accidents on toll roads. Open-road tolling means that Florida drivers with electronic transponders drive beneath an overpass that deducts the toll from their accounts, eliminating the need for them to use tollbooths.

Before Orange County started using open-road tolling, the county recorded hundreds of tollbooth accident each year, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in car and tollbooth damages. Between 2001 and 2005, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority recorded more than 200 crashes per year in its tollbooths. That number reached 303 in 2005.

Expressways are much safer with the use of open-road tolling. In fact, records show a 61% drop in tollbooth crashes. A spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol said opening up the highway’s lanes and clearing away construction around tollbooths has significantly improved traffic safety.

Good news: New toll plazas reduce crashes, South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 13, 2009 Continue reading

Florida_traffic_court.jpgUntil recently, South Florida drivers could simply go to the clerk’s office and pay their ticket without seeing a judge or having their driving record impacted. But a change in state law has meant that Sun Pass violators must now appear in court to avoid points against their driving record.

The result is that Miami-Dade Traffic Court is seeing double its normal caseload. In fact, last year Sun Pass violations amounted to almost a third of all traffic citations. Judges and other officials worry that this will strain the resources of the Miami-Dade Traffic Court.

The Turnpike says it is working to reduce court filings with a campaign to ensure that drivers pay violations during a 51-day grace period. They are also scouring more databases and post office lists for current address of delinquent customers, since out-dated addresses has been an issue in the past. Some elected officials in both Orlando and Miami are working to remove penalties against the driving records of from SunPass violators.

Sunpass toll tickets clog Miami-Dade Traffic Court, Miami Herald, June 6, 2009 Continue reading

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