CHP urges drivers watch speed at revamped Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza

  • Morning commuters drive through without stopping at the Golden Gate Bridge toll booths on Tuesday March 27, 2013 in San Francisco. The bridge no longer has toll takers with an electronic system that took place at 12 a.m. Wednesday. (Conner Jay/Press Democrat)

The CHP urged motorists headed for the Golden Gate Bridge Wednesday to slow down as they approached the toll plaza, which for the first time in 75 years was absent any humans collecting tolls.

The speed limit through the toll plaza with the new automated system is 25 mph. But the CHP recorded some motorists traveling above 60 mph, Officer Andrew Barclay said.

He said the CHP was directing more personnel to the bridge Wednesday morning to enforce the speed limit.

"Definitely more presence. Enforcement as necessary," he said at the bridge.

Bridge officials threw the switch on the new automated system at about midnight. Another issue was motorists stopping at the toll plaza in apparent confusion that the rules have changed.

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