As you may know, toll violations can become really costly. Though not considered a crime toll violations, if not clarified within certain time frames, can escalate to serious burdens. Our best advise is, always consult your trusted traffic attorney as early as possible in the process.
Some Toll Violation Tips
You might have been into such case once in your entire driving life. The thing is once you committed a toll violation you would have to pay for it. Here’s how, for example in Illinois:
“If you were an I-PASS or E-ZPass customer at the time of the violations, you may have received a Notice of Toll Violation because your I-PASS or E-ZPass account information was outdated. You do not need to schedule an administrative hearing.
“Please call 800-UC-IPASS (800-824-7277) or visit a Customer Service Center and a customer service representative will assist you.
“I-PASS and E-ZPass customers who respond to a Notice of Toll Violation prior to the due date of the Final Order of Liability, and who have an account in good standing, are eligible to have their fines dismissed and pay only the cash rate for tolls. Such customers who fail to respond prior to the due date of the Final Order of Liability are eligible to pay a settlement amount as outlined by the Illinois Tollway.
“In the future, to avoid incurring violations, you must keep your account updated, including license plate information, contact information and credit card information.” Source
Toll Enforcement Rules
The fact is that every state has a corresponding rule on toll violation. In California, for instance, according to the site GoldenGate.org:
“If a Toll Invoice or any part of the Toll Invoice remains unpaid by the due date (which is 21 days from the date that the Toll Invoice is generated at the Customer Service ), the Toll Violation process is initiated as provided for by California law (California Streets and Highway Code Section 30843 et seq. and the California Vehicle Code Section 23302 et seq.).
“You may pay a Toll Violation by following the instructions provided on the notice, using credit card or CASH/Check/Money Order…”
Another thing that any driver should know is what to do when he receives an unpaid toll notice. Here’s what you should do:
If you are an existing E-PASS customer, contact the E-PASS Service Center immediately to have the unpaid toll deducted from your prepaid account balance or make payment for the unpaid toll(s). If you do not have E-PASS, click PAY Your UTN/UTC to pay the unpaid toll on line with a credit card or call the Toll Enforcement Office at 407-690-5200. Source
Toll violations can cause so much trouble when they are not taken care of. Take for instance the case in Old Crescent City:
“Blaming thousands of old Crescent City Connection toll violations on a faulty collection system, angry motorists have been slow to take advantage of a program that waives fees for the infractions. Since the amnesty program was implemented July 22, just 597 payments have been received, a transportation spokeswoman said Friday.
“But elected officials and an attorney are calling on state leaders to scrap the effort, which threatens to flag drivers’ licenses and garnish wages, if the $1 toll isn’t unpaid by the amnesty program’s Oct.
“‘They are dealing with a faulty system to begin with. The state sued the provider of the system,’ said attorney G. Patrick Hand III of Gretna, a key player in the Stop the Tolls campaign that defeated a 20-year toll extension on the CCC. ‘Now, they are going to use that same system and send out these three-year-old citations and they are going to spend more than a dollar to collect a dollar.”” Source
Based on an account from Fox8Live.com, “Collection of tolls on the Crescent City has been non-existent since the spring. But some drivers said they are being haunted by a process gone wrong.
“‘This is back from March the 11th from 2010 at that time I had a toll tag, and I had a credit card on file with money in the toll account,’ said Donna Blancher Thursday as she pointed to recently received notices about alleged toll violations from years past.
“DOTD is required by law to resolve delinquent (CCCD) toll accounts according to Act 274 of the 2013 regular legislative session. In the past, DOTD encountered technical issues with the violation processing portion of its electronic tolling system. DOTD has resolved those issues; however, during that time, the system captured images of all violators, but did not process them properly – leaving the fees or tolls unpaid by these violators.”