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An unintentionally hilarious way to learn about E-470 changes

Beginning on July 4, drivers on E-470 will no longer be able to pay cash for tolls. Instead, the interstate is going all electronic; those not signed up for discounted express payments will be billed via a method that traces them using snapshots of their license plates. And to inform the public about these changes, the E-470 Public Highway Authority is resurrecting a video from last year that explains them in a manner that crosses 1950s-era VD films with The Stepford Wives. Watch with amazement as a PR person delivers five minutes' worth of canned factoids to a bright-eyed acolyte in the tone of a particularly perky android. The acting is worthy of an Ed Wood feature, sans Bela Lugosi. Enjoy.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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