Toll Violation Explained
A toll violation occurs when a driver does not pay the proper toll. For instance under the South Carolina Code of Laws as amended, the owner and operator of the vehicle are jointly and severally liable for a toll violation if the toll is not paid. A violation notice is sent to the vehicle registered owner at the address on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the state in which the vehicle is registered. The violation notice requires payment for the toll due and an administrative fee. Failure to pay/respond to the instructions on the violation notice will result in additional administrative fees and suspension of the vehicles registration. Read more here.
Here are some ways that you can deal with toll violations:
- Know your route. If you’re aware there is a toll on the way to your destination, make sure you have the money for it or that you have a fast lane pass or whatever your state uses for frequent passage fee collection.
- Be Prepared. If you haven’t been to your intended destination before but will be taking the highway, be prepared. You should keep at least $10 cash on you and $4 in change. This is typically more than enough for any random toll you should encounter.
- Pay attention. If you’re using a GPS and you hit a plaza, read the signs instead of the GPS. Make sure you get into the correct lane at the toll plaza or you will end up with a violation. Also, make certain that any U-turns or roundabout options you have do not involve the fast lane pass program, or you may end up with a letter a month later with a picture of your plates and a hefty violation fee
- You got a toll violation. Here is the sad truth. The good news is that it doesn’t affect your insurance or driving records in anyway. The bad news is that you will probably not win any appeal. Pay the fine and learn from the mistake.
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Violating toll gates may or may not be a great offense for a driver like you. But this can take your rather precious time. So better avoid toll violations if you can. Yet, there are times that you may not be able to avoid such and commit toll violations. We can help you out with that. You can contact us at 305-LAW-Firm or send us your details anytime.