In the state of Georgia, Peach Pass allows motorists to go through tolls without stopping. Toll passes are intended to increase convenience for motorists and to reduce traffic congestion. However, some states are exploring another possible use for these in-vehicle devices: reducing the risk of car crashes caused by speeding drivers.
Speeding is one of the most dangerous things that a motorist can do on the road. Since 2003, speeding has been a factor in around a third of car accident deaths across the United States. Going too fast plays a role in causing 30 percent of total car crashes, including non-fatal accidents. Drivers who operate their vehicles faster than it is safe for them to do so need to be held accountable. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help pursue action against speeders on behalf of crash victims, but it is better to stop someone from speeding before an accident happens and lives are changed forever.
Can Toll Passes Help Reduce Atlanta Speeding Accidents
Peach Pass is Georgia’s state-specific version of E-Z pass, which is a toll pass that operates in 15 states. Fox News reports that some states have now begun to use their agreements with E-Z pass to do more than just allow motorists a simple and efficient way to pay highway tolls. These devices are now being used to monitor and even punish speeders.
Three states have pioneered the effort to use toll passes to force drivers to slow down. In Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, the E-Z pass devices will be suspended if drivers commit multiple speeding violations. The monitoring right now is only occurring as drivers travel through the toll lanes. In Maryland, for example, drivers are allowed to go only 30 miles-per-hour through toll plazas. Any motorists who drive 12 miles-per-hour or more over this limit will have their E-Z pass accounts suspended for 60 days.
Although there is some public outcry over using these toll passes in this manner, there may also be some merit in this idea if it can force drivers to slow down.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in 2012, around 30 percent of all deadly car accidents on interstate and freeways were speeding related. A total of 1,185 people died in car crashes in interstates and freeways because of drivers going too fast. Highways were the second most common type of road where speeding-related fatalities occurred. The most deaths due to speeding actually happened on minor roads within local cities and towns. In total, there were 10,219 deaths due to speeding over the course of the 2012 year.
Drivers need every reminder they can get to avoid going too fast and endangering motorists on the road. If the E-Z pass program is effective at slowing people down, more states may adopt this approach and Georgia may some day use its Peach Pass to monitor and punish drivers who endanger others due to their excessive speed.
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