Personal Injury Lawyers

EZ Pass Could Prevent Speeding Deaths in Maryland

Driving too fast on freeways and expressways endangers drivers throughout Baltimore, Montgomery, Prattville and surrounding areas. A personal injury lawyer knows that about a third of all car accidents that cause death in the United States involved speeding. The majority of fatal speeding-related accidents -- 38 percent -- happen on minor local roads. However, highways are the second most common site of deadly crashes involving drivers who are traveling at excessive speeds. smart-456070-m

Recently, some states - including Maryland - have taken a novel approach to try to crack down on the speeding that is occurring on highways. These states have partnered with EZ Pass, the electronic-toll collection device that drivers can buy and put on their windshield if they want to pay tolls without having to stop at toll plazas.

Maryland, along with Pennsylvania and New York, are the first three states to try encouraging drivers to slow down through a partnership with EZ Pass, according to Fox News. If their efforts are successful, then other locations throughout the United States may consider taking a similar approach. There are 15 states with EZ Pass and others that have their own proprietary electronic toll devices, so this could make a big difference in reducing overall traffic fatalities due to speeding … if it works.

Could EZ Pass Help to Stop Speeding?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a total of 10,219 people died on U.S. roadways over the course of 2012 as a result of crashes involving excessive speed. Excessive speed has been a factor in 30 percent of car accident deaths for more than a decade. On highways alone, there were 1,185 people killed in speeding crashes in 2012.

Drivers who speed are more likely to lose control of their cars. They are less likely to be able to stop in time to react to things that the driver in front of them does or to obstacles that come in their path.

Drivers can reduce the risk of deadly crashes by slowing down and avoiding going over posted limits. Motorists also need to consider road conditions and drive at a speed that is appropriate for the current weather.

Many motorists, however, go faster than is permitted. Some of these motorists will now be in danger of losing their EZ Passes.

The efforts to use EZ Pass to reduce speeding impose penalties on drivers who go too fast through toll plazas. The EZ Pass will monitor driver speed as the motorists pass through. While a motorist who is going too fast is not going to be ticketed or get points on a license (at least under the current systems), he could face the suspension of the EZ Pass.

In Maryland, the speed limit for toll plazas is set at 30 miles-per-hour. In the event that a driver goes 12 MPH or more over this limit two separate times in a six month period, the driver’s EZ Pass will be suspended for 60 days.

Hopefully motorists will slow down to save their EZ Passes and will continue to operate their vehicles at this lower speed when they leave the toll plaza. If they do, many lives could be saved.

Accident lawyers in Montgomery, Alabama can help if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit  Serving Montgomery, Prattville, and surrounding areas.