to study whether I-Pass could catch speeders
toll-payment technology could eventually be used to help catch
drivers who speed through tollbooths, The Chicago Sun-Times reported Aug. 29.
statement, from Illinois State Toll Highway Authority officials,
came as the agency and its staff was grieving over the loss of
a toll worker killed while on the job. However, toll collector
Howard Collier’s death Aug. 28 was caused by neither a speeder
nor an I-Pass user. A car whose driver says her brakes failed
struck him as he walked between tollbooths, the newspaper reported.
toll officials told The Sun-Times that in the wake of the
accident, they planned to study whether the toll-collection system
could be used to, as the newspaper wrote, “nail trucks and cars
that travel through special I-Pass lanes ‘excessively and dangerously’
above the posted limits.”
speed limit in truck I-Pass lanes is 5 mph.
toll authority said in a statement that the accident occurred
in Lane 8 of the Belvidere Toll Plaza on the Northwest Tollway
(I-90) while Collier walking across the eastbound lanes, returning
to his booth to end his shift in the early morning hours of the