Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade residents protest statewide tolling practices

Miami-Dade residents gathered Sunday afternoon at the 87th Avenue entrance to the Dolphin Expressway to protest Florida tolling practices.

The protest was organized by political action committee D.R.I.V.E. (Drivers Ready to Improve Vote and Empower).

“I don’t disagree with tolls. I understand the logic behind a user-based system. The problem,” said D.R.I.V.E. chairperson Chris Wills, “is that (toll approval) is being done in an unfair way.”

D.R.I.V.E. has been circulating a statewide petition since April that seeks to amend Florida’s constitution to give power to voters to approve toll implementation. As of this writing, the petition has 30,000 of the 700,000 signatures necessary for ballot consideration. Wills said it is urgent that the petition gather the requisite number of signatures by January 2016 for the amendment of toll practices to be considered in the November 2016 presidential election.

Getting the petition in front of voters is the PAC’s biggest challenge, Wills said.