Virginia to Actually Ticket, Fine Toll Dodgers

Apparently, no one’s been watching the toll-breakers on the Dulles Toll Road. The clanging bells, the lights, they’re just for show. At least, until the first of the year… Virginia is finally installing cameras to watch the toll plazas along the Dulles Toll Road in order to fine those who don’t pay up the $0.50 or $0.75.

Now, while Virginia drivers appear to be more honest than most (only 1.7% of the tolls aren’t properly paid), can I just ask a quick question? How is it that there have been a ton of red-light cameras in the area, supposedly for safety, but never on the Toll Road, where it costs the State money? Isn’t this backward, or something?

7 Comments so far

  1. DCeiver (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    You answered your own question. With such a tiny percentage of toll scofflaws, it’s likely that the cost of unpaid tolls only recently reached whatever magic number was necessary to trigger tax monies being spent on camera installation and upkeep.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    You brought up a great point, DCeiver, which is why I went and looked at the article again. Virginia is estimating they lost $1.2M in revenue from the toll dodgers. If we assume the fewest number of tolls in that $1.2M, we’re looking at 1.6M unpaid tolls, or $40M in fines. The camera system only runs $7.6M, though, so as long as they catch 30% of tolldodgers, they’re still way ahead.

  3. Evil Moo (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    I think people running red lights presents much more of a safety hazard than people (questionably) dodging tolls. How many people have been injured or killed by toll dodgers? Not to mention that I’ve had more than one occasion where the toll refused to recognize that I had put the right amount of money in.

  4. Mik (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

    My EZ-Pass/Fastlane/Whatever it’s called in YOUR state failed to work whilst travelling this weekend. No bells and whistles went off at the tolls. When I called the toll collection center to pay my fine, they had no record of it and told met to send them a check with the date, time and place of missed tolls….

  5. Andrew (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

    Actually, if you are an EZPass customer and your license plates are in the system, your account will be charged the toll, end of story. If your plates are not in the system, then you will recieve notice of fines as well as the toll, probably within a month of the infraction.

  6. Sweet (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 4:19 pm

    When I heard this while driving in today I thought, ‘Damn! If only I’d known they didn’t charge ya!’

  7. Mik (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

    I had the same issue on the Dulles Toll road when I first moved to Nova and received the same response. I was never charged, nor fined.

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