We all know by now about some good things that have happened in Ohio.
The state’s decision to end the split speed limit on interstates, for example, is a big cause for celebration.
Some folks have found other things to cheer about – and some to jeer about – in Ohio.
For example: The state’s decision earlier this year to add more E-ZPass lanes to the Turnpike.
Some folks were celebrating the move. But I’m not so sure that adding more E-ZPass lanes is good news. I’m not sure there’s anything good about it.
I know it helps folks move down the road more quickly. But the move toward more electronic tolling has a lot of known and potential consequences that I think may very well outweigh any benefits.
Let’s take one not even related to trucking: the loss of jobs in an already rotten economy. Weren’t people involved in collecting tolls?
And for another, as systems like E-ZPass expand, it will make it easier and easier for states to look toward expanding tolling. And that is a very bad thing indeed.
What’s more, the number of booths taking cash gets smaller and smaller. How does that make things for truckers who want to use cash? It’s going to be slower and slower.
Another concern – how long do you think before we see these systems used for enforcement? It’s pretty easy for a computer to look at when you got on and when you get off, and from that figure your speed.
That’s not to say I’m advocating speeding. But it is to say that when a state claims that this will maintain your privacy, I think that’s just not honest. If they have information, and they can use it to ticket you, in the end I think they will.
And that could apply to other things besides speeding – and not necessarily in an accurate way. They could take that information and make assumptions about your logbook – assumptions that may or may not be correct.
So over all, I guess this is one case where I don’t feel like celebrating. But hey, at least this makes Ohio 1 and 1 – and that’s a way better record than the Kansas City Chiefs.