Connecticut State legislators are once again considering bringing toll roads back to the state. Toll roads had been banned since 1985 following a horrific accident at the Stratford, CT, toll booths on I-95 in 1983 left 7 people dead.
What can we expect to happen and what are the risks to motorists. Will a return of tolls significantly raise the risk for car accidents on our state roads?
Actually – most of the ideas do not involve the old-fashioned toll booth some of us remember. Those tolls involved cars and trucks stopping, often in long lines, while tolls were collected one car and truck at a time. Most of the current ideas involve some kind of electronic toll that would not involve setting up collection stations per se.
What are the safety risks? Will these toll stations increase the number of car accidents on Connecticut roads?
More needs to be known about the system the state is considering. The new electronic collection systems don’t require a driver to actually stop – just slow down. The system is based on military technology used to determine friends or foes in battle areas. Sensors in these new toll plazas are capable of determining whether the cars passing are enrolled in the toll program, alerts enforcers for those that are not, and electronically debits the accounts of registered car owners without requiring them to come to a full stop. Are there safety risks here? Perhaps. But the solution does seem to remove some of the problems inherent with older toll taking technology.
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