Toll scofflaws are those who go through the No-Cash booths without an E-ZPass transporter on their cars. They are also the folks who do the same but do not have sufficient funds in their E-ZPass accounts to pay the toll. Then there are the clever scofflaws who enter through the cash lane and take a ticket but then exit through the E-ZPass lanes. What’s a few dollars here and there?
Well, thanks to the Wall Street Journal, the Barometer has the answer to that question. Herewith, some data from the most notorious scofflaws:
The top 100 toll dodgers in Pennsylvania have more than $21,000 in unpaid tolls.
Illinois publishes a list of scofflaws who owe at least $1,000. There are 469 names on the list (trucking firms are on the list) and the top scofflaw owes $890,000.
The states have various laws and remedies. In Florida, you cannot renew the vehicle registration if you owe tolls. Pennsylvania has taken to filing criminal complaints when the amount owed is more than $2,000. One of the first people charged was a woman with 1,645 violations who owes $92,000. She has paid $26,000 so far, and her lawyer is asking for the court’s understanding about her ability to pay. Amazing how it adds up and how the law catches up.