Our 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.