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Miami Driver Gets a $13,500 SunPass Bill for Toll Violation

By Jon Tayler Thursday, Oct 4 2012

In May 2009, Edgar Martinez, a 37-year-old who had just moved from Miami to California, received a letter from SunPass saying he owed $25 for a toll violation. Martinez paid the citation and closed his SunPass account, thinking that would be the last he heard from the traffic agency.

Unfortunately for his wallet, his SunPass nightmare was just beginning. A month later, he got a letter from the Florida DMV stating his license was about to be suspended. Confused, Martinez discovered that, because of an unspecified billing problem on SunPass’s end, he had been cited 61 times for violations from January 26 through February 19.

Those toll tickets added up to $13,500 in fines. What’s worse, he says, SunPass and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) kept him in the dark about the bills and then forced him to pay thousands for their mistake. “It’s not fair I have to pay that much money for an error they made,” Martinez says.

Chad Huff, a spokesman for Florida’s Turnpike, says his agency is “extremely proactive” in alerting people about toll violations but couldn’t speak specifically to Martinez’s case. Calls seeking comment from MDX were not returned.

When Martinez flew back to Miami in July 2009 to deal with the problem, he found traffic court less than helpful. While Martinez was waiting for his case, an MDX employee approached and offered a deal: Pay roughly half the tickets and the rest would disappear. Martinez initially declined, but when he stepped in front of Judge Thomas Cobitz, he quickly realized that option was his best bet.

“The judge said, ‘What we’ll do is call each ticket on its own, and you can say whether you’re guilty or not,’ ” Martinez says. “He said, ‘How do you plea on the first ticket?’ I said, ‘Not guilty,’ so he said, ‘I’m going to charge you as guilty and you’ll get three points on your license. Want to go onto the next ticket?’ ”

Faced with the prospect of paying each ticket in full and a suspended license, Martinez took the MDX offer, agreeing to pay $3,900 in fines. To this day, he’s still paying them in monthly installments — until 2016.

Though it’s too late to undo his mess, Martinez wanted to get his story out as a warning to other Florida drivers.

“If that happened to me,” he says, “it’s probably happened to a lot of other people.”

References about Toll Violations

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New proposed toll violation legislation, toll gate news and a new toll violation scam in Florida.

Florida Toll Violations FAQ
To avoid committing toll violations, citizens are required to pay tolls. Toll Violation At Its Best – A Horror Trip?  Toll Violations are very serious issues. If not handled immediately and professionally they can …

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Florida, E-ZPass exchanging toll camera data to test license …
Each state or tolling area (E-ZPass IAG, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas etc) will generate a toll bill or violation notice based on their ability to access ‘foreign’ state motor registry databases.

Florida Judges Tosses Out Thousands Of Bogus Toll Fines …
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What to Do When Mistakenly Charged with Toll Violations …
… cameras and license plate scanners, this equipment does not give 100% correct data al the time. The probability of receiving a bogus toll violation notice is low but it does not mean you might never ever receive one in your lifetime. … According to New Jersey Turnpike Authority Spokesman Tom Feeney, the photos are reviewed in-person, confirming it was Florida plate 551 60G. Ironically, Free did have a license plate with that sequence but it was cancelled in 2007.

Traffic Ticket Office Educates Clients About Their Options …
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Miami traffic ticket lawyers at Traffic Ticket Office are court prepared and have encountered numerous barriers and legitimate contentions, which have effectively shielded countless Traffic cases in Miami, Florida. Request … For instance, understanding The Transportation Code that says, “a person who fails or refuses to pay a toll provided for the use of a project is liable for a fine not to exceed $250, plus any administrative fees incurred in connection with the violation.

Do not pay any toll tickets without consulting your traffic ticket lawyer in Miami. These toll violation tickets are considered moving violations. Each ticket you pay will count 3 points to your driving record. As a result by accumulating too many points your driver’s license could be suspended.

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