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Texas scofflaw incurs almost $180K in unpaid tolls & penalties

GasBuddy Blog -- According to KLTV in Tyler, TX, some North Texas motorists have run up tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid toll-road tolls - in 22 cases, more than $100,000 worth of driving.

Now, the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), which uses an all-electronic toll collection system, is coming after them, warning them to pay up or wind up in court. It posted a list of close to 26,000 of its top toll violators on its website with past-due bills of more than $2,500 to almost $180,000.

Spokesman Michael Rey says the worst had more than 4,000 unpaid tolls at the end of 2011. He says those aren't accidents or mistakes but "a wanton refusal to pay for service you use."

And the worst of the worst is a Dallas woman whose bill...


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sparky808
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2012 12:19:59 PM

Old post.
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2012 5:09:02 AM

can we votes some of those off GB who feel this is a mouthpiece for their political viewpoints when the article has nothing to do w/ the Beltway politics?
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2012 5:08:17 AM

lots of money being missing in the coffers.
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2012 12:56:56 AM

OK...VOTE TO CLEAN OUT WASHINGTON IN 2012!
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 10:02:23 PM

Wow that is amazing.
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ScottE
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 8:14:14 PM

Like NY and other local govt. authority. Scoff at the LAW!
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hatterasjack
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 5:49:02 PM

I didn't think they let you get away with repeatedly not paying.
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Bungee
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 5:31:27 PM

Don't these violators know that Texas has the Death Penalty and isn't afraid to invoke it? ;-)
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sparky808
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 2:45:16 PM

old
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rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 2:42:18 PM

Have never understood the American predilection for toll roads. Just an inefficient way to collect a tax, so the government, and the public can pretend it's not a tax.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 2:28:03 PM

The same happens in n.y.!!!!
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NorthglennBill
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:49:29 PM

Here in Colorado, if you don't pay a $6.00 toll charge, you can end up with a bill in the $1,000s after they tack on late fees, penalties, etc, etc. Probably much the same in Texas.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:39:44 PM

blame it to economy and low morale ...
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:29:21 PM

I can't beleive that it is taking them this long to catch up to these people. It should never get past a $500.00 threshold, and they should be caught.
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suzmar
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:28:08 PM

This is a repeat story from yesterday, how about some fresh news.
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BobbyVA
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:28:00 PM

Seems the N. Texas Tollway Authority would act faster so a toll of over $200 would be jumped on in a timely fashion. Violators with large amounts should be dealt with severely.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:25:35 PM

That is awful.
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TXryder
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:25:32 PM

With a nut like Prick Perry as gov, toll roads have to pay for what our taxes should have been spent on.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:25:18 PM

I hate toll roads.
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rnlunder
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:25:17 PM

$180,000K in tolls is not inconceivable. Tolls are based on the registered owner of the vehicle based on the license plate number. If someone owns multiple vehicles that other family members or employees drive on the toll roads, all those tolls, administrative charges and late fees go back to the owner.

Also, they did not say how long it took to accumulate $180K in tolls and how much of that was tolls and how much was administrative and late fees, which are pretty hefty if the tolls are not paid on time. I suspect that 3/4 of the $180K is in administrative and late fees.

There was a case where a Disabled Vet was charged nearly $2000 in administrative and late fees on less than $50 in actual toll charges because he thought Disabled Vets were exempt from paying tolls, which was the case in the Houston area toll roads, but not in the Dallas area toll roads. The only exception is the DFW airport freeway which is free to Disable Vets.

Texas did not screw up at all....They hired a private company (NTTA) to manage their toll roads in the Dallas area and Texas gets it's money regardless of NTTA's administrative problems. The one loosing money is NTTA.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:20:32 PM

I think some tolls roads or bridges are fine, but you need to pay a lot of tolls to hit $180,000.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:20:12 PM

I am sure pleased I am not a Texan.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:19:35 PM

I do not believe I would mess around with things in TX. They take care of problems, the way the US used to take care of problems.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:18:11 PM

REPEAT NEWS,PD!
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:17:40 PM

ok?
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:16:19 PM

most of this is actually fees, not for the actual tolls. I think they should pay the tolls but not the extra amount that has been added on.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:15:58 PM

Better to pay first and not run the risk of court ordered fines and possibly jail time.

[Edited by: Mikey15 at 7/17/2012 2:16:03 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:15:45 PM

Hit them hard...
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:14:52 PM

i also ..
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:14:18 PM

Tolls suck! Why do we have to pay for something we are already being taxed on!
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:13:52 PM

d2
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:11:23 PM

I try to avoid toll routes but sometimes this the only logical route to your destination. If you do use toll routes, be an honest legal citizen.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:10:14 PM

Old News. Texas screwed up big time
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:09:06 PM

That is a lot of tolls. Are they sure she is the only driver of that car? Perhaps a mistake? I do not believe in tolls in the first place and they should be abollished.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:08:40 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:05:52 PM

Sooner or later, they'll get you, but $180,000 seems ridiculous.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:01:28 PM

Make em' pay.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:01:04 PM

I at least hope Amber has a job.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:58:42 PM

Another internet hoax. Nobody can drive that much!
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:56:04 PM

In addition to the tax burden on drivers! Tolls are obscene.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:55:51 PM

There own fault... throw them in the poky.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:52:39 PM

Kind of their own fault.

Most people, after not paying a few times and finding that nothing happens, they decide to never bother. After a couple years they've forgotten about - previously convinced that nothing would ever be done.

Now a public appeal to pay your bills. That tells the same people that the state has no intention of doing anything, and they are just trying to trick a few dumb ones into paying. Just like they did the day you drove through this thing...

To get them paid, take a few to court, after the news that they pay fines, pay interest, pay penalties, and have it all taken out of their paychecks, then you will get others paying up - but not before.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:52:33 PM

"warning them to pay up or wind up in court. " How about in jail? Why should we pay more for the cheaters?
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:49:07 PM

O L D "news"
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:49:03 PM

Though I avoid the toll roads, failure to pay tolls should be a criminal act.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:47:43 PM

Go get um.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:46:51 PM

Old story
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:44:50 PM

get em
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:44:43 PM

It appears many people are not paying the highway tolls. Was this one of those roads built with the tolls paying for the cost of construction and the tolls would go away when it was paid off? Then the city or state recognizes it as a money maker and continues the toll payment? They hire a company to manage the operation of the toll booths, collection and maintenance?
Why does it take so long to start enforcement of the laws? If you don't pay the toll, pay the judge!
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:43:40 PM

That's a lot of tolls!
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