Daily News Briefs, November 17, 2020

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Transurban Installs Cameras to Detect And Deter DC Express Lanes Cheating

NBC News Washington DC reports, Transurban is installing cameras along the I-95, I-395 and I-495 express lanes in metro DC to deter motorists from mistakenly or falsely claiming HOV 3+ status. Transurban US vice president Emeka Moneme explains why the new system ultimately benefits all managed lane customers. “Toll prices and traffic on the Express Lanes are correlated, so HOV violations are fundamentally unfair to customers who are paying their toll,” he states. “We are leveraging technology to educate customers who make mistakes while ensuring all drivers follow the rules of the road.” Transurban notes that cameras will supplement, not replace the visual surveillance Virginia state troopers maintain for HOV cheaters.

95/395/495 Express Lanes (Washington, DC, Metro Area) Carpooling Express Lanes Scofflaws Transurban Virginia Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Washington (DC) Metro Region

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NH Turnpike Crash Is An Object Lesson In Importance Of "Move Over" Laws

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports, a Dover, New Hampshire, fire truck took the brunt of a collision that might otherwise have cost the lives of several people on the Spaulding Turnpike early Saturday morning. First responders working the scene of a three-car crash with injuries positioned a ladder truck on the roadway to act as a safety barrier. When a box truck approached the scene without slowing down or changing lanes, it collided with the rear of the engine and was prevented from penetrating the earlier crash site. Dover’s fire chief cited the incident as a lesson on the importance observing “move over” laws.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) New Hampshire New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT)

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