Tollway Delivers Real-Time Traffic Info Via Twitter, But Reminds Drivers It’s Illegal To Look While Driving

In a move that seems too ridiculous to be real, there is a tollway in America that is planning to share real-time traffic info with motorists via tweets.

Illinois residents take note!

And let’s hope this doesn’t spread to other states.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois Tollway announced its new service today. “Just in time for Thanksgiving travel” and for a whole slew of related car accidents, apparently, they’re offering “Tollway Trip Tweets.”

Tollway Trip Tweets are intended to provide motorists with information about roadway conditions as incidents occur and alert them to unexpected congestion, the tollway said.

Tollway customers can “follow” each of the four tollways – the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 94/294/80), Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) – to receive real-time roadway incident information.

The tollway is warning, however, that Tollway Trip Tweets are an informational service that should be used by customers only when they are not operating a vehicle, and that it is against the law to email, text or tweet while driving in Illinois.

So these real-time tweets, intended for use by motorists to alert them to the “type of incident, the location by nearest crossroad and milepost and the subsequent impact on traffic, such as lane closures” is something they DON’T expect drivers to sneak a peek at while they’re driving?

Best advice for Illinois motorists? Stay off the roads in Illinois this weekend and until someone realizes what a terrible mistake they’ve made and cancels this program.

And feel free to alert the Illinois Tollway folks to global positioning systems that ARE safe in cars because they announce alerts to drivers. And that maybe (MAYBE) they could find a way to redirect their “real-time dispatch messages” to motorists via that nifty bit of technology instead of the “look down at my screen as I plow into that family of four” Twitter. Thanks.

(Car accident image from Shutterstock)

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.