Cracking Down On Toll Violators

Thursday, June 16, 2011 – Scott Wykoff
DelDOT is announcing new efforts aimed at collecting money that is owed by I-95 toll violators.

Delaware’s transportation department says nearly $8 million is owed by both in-state and out-of-state toll violators in an equal split. A first round of notices has been mailed out to approximately 400 violators who account for almost $600,000 in violations. Plans for the remaining notices to be sent in groups are expected to be finished by the end of the summer. This process will be put in place for all violators moving forward as well.

“We are putting toll violators on notice that if they owe money for a violation, they will be hearing from us,” said DMV Director Jennifer Cohan. “We take these violations very seriously and are making every effort to collect the monies that are owed to the state.”

For out-of-state violators from Maryland, the cases are currently turned over to collection agencies, but the DMV is moving forward with plans that would also implement measures similar to those used for Delaware residents. DMV already has reciprocity agreements with many other state and local entities that prevent drivers from those states from renewing their registrations if they owe outstanding tolls to Delaware.

For in-state drivers who have unpaid toll violations, a hold will be placed on their vehicle registration. This hold will prevent them from registering their vehicle until the fine is paid. For those drivers with unpaid fines totaling $1,000 or more, the DMV will also turn their case over to the Tax and Lottery Intercept Programs operated by the Department of Finance’s Division of Revenue.

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