New Plate Design – Toll Jumpers – Travel Season Begins in South Florida
Gregg Hollander | October 10, 2012 | Personal Injury
You know what the Florida license plate looks like. The iconic white and green ones we’ve had for what seems like forever now?
Well transportation officials are ready to upgrade these plates, saying the new ones are going to help to save us money and will help officials bust drivers who evade tolls. According to The Ledger, Governor Rick Scott decided to have the plates redesigned; a project that’s expected to cost more than $30 million, but will help to save money in the long run. The funds that are saved through this program will be redirected toward our state’s schools.
Currently, one out of every six license plates are not legible for officials with the toll booths of the Florida Turnpike Enterprise. With all of the other problems across the state, these license plates are costing roughly $7 million each year in evaded tolls. The new license plates are going to be phased in over the next two years.
Our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys understand that reading license plates isn’t the only challenge — far too many accidents are happening even as officials race to expand capacity on South Florida’s toll roads.
Toll jumpers also create their own dangers. Take the recent accident in Fort Pierce in which a truck crashed right into the toll booth while attempting to pass through. According to NEWS 12, a toll booth worker was taken to the hospital following the accident. It was so bad that officials even had to shut down traffic in the area.
The change over to the new license plates isn’t going to cost drivers anything, says the executive director for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), Julie Jones.
State transportation officials say that these plates are a must with the growing number of red-light cameras, too.
Tax collectors, or those who are elected county officials that have been chosen to pass out these tags, are completely against the state’s plans to outsource distribution of license plates by mail to a private, for-profit vendor. They’re also challenging Florida’s claim that the change is going to save money and isn’t going to cost motorists a penny.
“I’m dead-set against it,” says Doug Belden, Florida Tax Collector.
The new license plate is going to be flat and will display seven black and bold letters/numbers that will be segregated on a white background. You’re not going to see the name of your county listed anymore, only the state’s name the “Sunshine State” and the phrase “In God We Trust.”
The change isn’t going to affect everyone. Drivers who have specialty plates are going to be allowed to keep them.
On the 23rd of October, these plates will either be approved or denied by Governor Scott and the Cabinet. If passed, design and manufacturing plans will move on.