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TxDOT, Law Enforcement Begin Going After Top Toll Violators

Updated: Friday, April 11 2014, 08:09 AM CDT

Friday is the day: after repeated warnings, TxDOT says the grace period is over. Starting Friday if you have unpaid tolls, officers are coming after top toll violators, with some Central Texans owing more than $200,000 in toll bills.

Possible punishments include everything from being banned from these toll roads to getting a ticket, getting your car impounded, or even being blocked from being able to renew your vehicle registration. TxDOT is focusing on drivers with 100 or more toll violations in a 12-month period. Since November when they first started posting monthly toll violator lists they've collected more than $4.2 million. TxDOT says about 150 drivers per month are now coming forward to pay up, everyone from the top toll violators to people owing much less. But they still have more than $20 million to collect, and with the state hurting for money to keep up roads in rapidly-booming Texas, even if you don't owe money, TxDOT says you win when others pay up.

"That money's important to Texas and Texas taxpayers," says Mark Cross with TxDOT. "That money is used for is our transportation system, so those who don't pay are basically cheating taxpayers."

To settle your debt, go to TxTag.org or call the TxTag Customer Service Center at (888) 468-9824. They say they may be able to negotiate a settlement or work out a payment plan.

TxDOT, Law Enforcement Begin Going After Top Toll Violators


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