The word “Closed” in bright yellow, all-capital letters is not exactly a subtle hint. But when the giant electronic signs above Interstate 95’s pay lanes display exactly that, South Florida drivers don’t seem to get the message.
Or they don’t care.
When there’s an accident, a broken-down vehicle or debris in the express lanes, the Florida Department of Transportation displays the word “Closed” on the signs where the toll price would normally be. But an internal report drafted by FDOT shows more and more drivers are plowing past the signs.
Transportation officials say they fear for the safety of the Road Rangers and Florida Highway Patrol troopers dealing with incidents on those lanes — but drivers who ignore the signs can’t be ticketed.
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