Daily News Briefs, July 15, 2021

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"Trooper In A Truck" Initiative Targets Unsafe Driving On Indiana Toll Road

The Goshen News reports, state police issued traffic citations to about 100 motorists on the Indiana Toll Road and several urban interstates over a period of three hours yesterday morning as part of an initiative to reduce aggressive and distracted driving around commercial trucks. “During the program, troopers rode with tractor-trailer drivers in their trucks and acted as spotters for violations. The troopers then radioed other troopers stationed at zones along the routes, and they would then conduct traffic stops.” The enforcement effort covering about 25 miles of the toll road between Bristol and South Bend yielded dozens of citations and warnings for offenses including speeding and failure to adhere to hands-free driving and seatbelt use requirements.

WNDU also covers the ongoing safety campaign.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Indiana Indiana Toll Road Concession Company (ITRCC)


Civil Unrest Forces Partial Closure Of Important South Africa Tollway

BusinessTech reports, a major part of South Africa’s N3 Toll Route, “a key trade route between Durban and Johannesburg,” remains closed due to KwaZulu-Natal civil unrest related to the arrest and incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma. The concession operator urged motorists to use caution when driving on the highway’s open northern segment and said the closed the southern segment will only reopen when officials deem travel safe.

Crime Beat Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) South Africa


Tokyo Expressway Toll Rates Will Be Modified During Olympic Games

The Asahi Shimbun reports, “Tolls for the Metropolitan Expressway in the Tokyo area between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. will increase by 1,000 yen ($9.05) from July 19 as part of measures to ease traffic congestion during the upcoming Olympics. Meanwhile, the existing expressway toll between midnight and 4 a.m. will be halved under a ‘road pricing’ system that adjusts tolls depending on the time of day during the Games, which kick off on July 23.” The adjusted toll rates will also be in effect during the Paralympic games (August 24 to September 5). The article notes that Tokyo traffic volume is trending back to a pre-pandemic norm, however it is expected to drop during the games because officials declared a new COVID-19 state of emergency earlier this week.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Japan Metropolitan Expressway Company (MEX) (Japan) Toll Rate Changes


These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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