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Would cameras track citizens from Ohio to Kentucky?
Brent Spence Bridge plan raises civil liberties questions

Jo Ingles
Lawmakers are trying to come up with money to repair the Brent Spence Bridge.
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State lawmakers are considering a plan to allow electronic toll devices to be installed on the Brent Spence Bridge that connects Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports how that would work.

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Republican State Rep. Ross McGregor, one of the sponsors of the bill, says his plan allows for all electronic tolling.

“That would take a picture of the car’s license plate as it crosses the bridge and then a bill for the toll would be sent to the owner of the car.”

McGregor says an EZ-Pass system could be purchased by drivers who routinely cross the bridge.  Gary Daniels with the American Civil Liberties says this plan makes him a little nervous.

“Whenever government talks about rolling out new technology or using a different technology to do certain things, which might be incredibly useful, we have concerns that the technology might be used in bad ways.”

Daniel fears it could be a way for government to track citizens.  But McGregor says the bill just allows for the tolls as one option in case other money can’t be found to pay for bridge improvements.  But if the state does go that route, he says the technology wouldn’t be used to track citizens.


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