According to the Associated Press, many drivers breezed through toll booths set up for electronic collection this weekend, while others, including truckers and bus drivers, slammed on their brakes or swerved into other lanes not open to them. The lane system is not set up to handle commercial vehicles until 2002.
"People are not reading the signs or they are not paying attention," said Bill Capone, director of marketing for the turnpike.
Workers staffed all tollbooth exits on Saturday, the first day of transition, to help drivers follow the E-ZPass instructions. Big yellow flashing warning signs reading "no trucks in E-ZPass lanes" and "E-ZPass cars only" lined the roadsides but didn’t alleviate all the problems.
Turnpike officials responded by hastily ordering more signs.
The $100 million E-ZPass system is designed to reduce congestion at toll plazas by allowing motorists to purchase E-ZPass tags through the mail or online that are affixed to cars and scanned by cameras at toll booths reserved for E-ZPass customers.
E-ZPass will work only from Allentown to Norristown and from Harrisburg to New Jersey until the system is implemented statewide sometime next year.