Thanks to the toll tag, motorists no longer have to stop at a toll booth and fish for loose change. They also don’t have to worry about holding up traffic while they ask an attendant to break a $20 bill. However, there are some people out there who aren’t quite as enamored with these devices and believe they’re being used for more nefarious purposes. Here are some stories we’ve recently run across at The Barber Law Firm that may give you a reason to pause.
Are You Being Tracked?
We need to state up front that the Texas Department of Transportation flatly denies that technology behind the toll tag is not being used for law enforcement purposes. However, the My San Antonio.com blog reports that Wavetronix, the manufacturer of the SmartSensor used in toll tags, claims that its technology can be used to create a speed trap. The blog goes on to stat that “those who sign up for a toll tags are unwittingly signing up to put a government-issued RFID spy chip in your personal vehicle.”
Be Careful Where You Drive
On May 5, 2011, the New York Post ran an article on a transit official who was busted for skipping out of work early because investigators were able to track her E-Z Pass (a system used in several states that is similar to the toll tag) records. Her agency-issued car was tracked several times a day as it went through toll plazas. As a result, she was looking at a demotion that would have cost her about $50,000 a year.
We’re not at all saying that the toll tag in your car is being used for any sort of unconstitutional purposes. It is important, however, that we keep apprised of how the technology is being used so that we can make sure our privacy and our rights remain protected. On a lighter note, The Barber Law Firm runs a Toll Tag Tuesday contest where you can have your bill paid for a week. Head to our Facebook page to learn more.