Those of us who drive in South Florida are all familiar with express lanes. To those of you who aren’t aware, let the dedicated Ben Law Firm enlighten you. These express lanes occupy the innermost lanes along I-95. In order to access these lanes, a driver is required to purchase a Sun-Pass transponder. Each time the vehicle enters the express lane, the transponder is activated and the driver is assessed a charge which can vary. In order to limit the express lanes’ usage to those who have Sun-Pass transponders and who pay for this “service,” the State of Florida has installed a barrier along the express lanes on I-95 to make sure that vehicles can only enter and exit the express lanes at certain designated locations. These barriers are the familiar red/orange plastic poles. They are lightweight and flexible.
Since these red/orange plastic poles give way, drivers who do not want to pay the charges associated with the express lanes, simply drive over the poles or around them to enter the express lane. This has created a problem with cars cutting in and out of the express lane. It also has reduced the amount income generated by the Sun-Pass transponders.
In response, the Florida Department of Transportation is planning to install additional poles to block illegal entry into the express lanes. The poles will be more substantial. The hope is that these new poles would deter drivers from illegally cutting into the express lanes and generate more income.
Only time will tell what effect this has on the driving safety. Will these new poles actually deter drivers from illegally cutting into the express lanes? Perhaps. Will more collisions occur as a result of the decreased visibility due to these new poles? Maybe.
I-95 is a particularly crowded highway which has more than its share of automobile accidents. Anybody who drives this highway regularly should consider purchasing uninsured motorist coverage if they do not have it. Because most of the drivers on South Florida’s roadways do not purchase any liability insurance to cover for their negligence, if you are injured by their negligence, having uninsured motorist coverage will make certain that there is at least come insurance coverage to compensate you for your injuries.
With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.
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