AUSTIN (KXAN) - The names of the top 25 violators of toll roads operated by the Texas Department of Transportation were released Thursday by the state agency, and 16 of them owe more than $100,000.
And all 25 are from the Austin area.
The top delinquent drivers had 14,358 unpaid transactions that totaled $236,026.32. Number 2 had more than 10,000 unpaid transactions totaling more than $127,600.
"Surprising how it can stack up so quickly," said Brooks. "And I sold the motorcycle about a year ago. So, I don't know how somebody can just go on the toll all day everyday."
“Effectively, these people have been stealing form the state and fellow citizens of Texas," TxDOT spokeswoman Veronica Beyer said. "It’s not fair that people have been driving around not paying their tolls to the thousands of other people who have been doing the right thing and paying their tolls.”
A new state law gives the TxDOT the authority to report the names of toll violators in an effort to collect more than $27 million in unpaid tolls owed across the state.
"The tolls collected will be used to pay debt and fund operations of state-maintained toll roads," the TXDOT website says..
In addition to publishing the list of top violators, TxDOT also has the authority to:
- Ban vehicles from using TxDOT toll roads with Texas Transportation Commission approval. If stopped by law enforcement, vehicles in violation of the ban can be ticketed and impounded.
- Report the habitual violators to county tax assessor-collectors to potentially block the renewal of the vehicle’s registration.
- Motorists with unpaid toll violations should immediately contact the TxTag Customer Service Center at (888) 468-9824 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. A negotiated settlement amount may be offered as well as a payment plan, if needed.
TxDOT operates several toll roads in the Austin area, Laredo and one in Houston. Regional authorities operate the other toll roads.
Beyer said the agency is willing to negotiate payments and and establish payment plans for drivers who owe. The main focus is just getting the offenders to step forward, she said.
The department has been receiving calls all day since the list went up, but Beyer said she didn’t know if it was anyone owning up to the fines. The main goal is to get people calling in; they’ll negotiate with people from there.
Here is the Top 25 list from TxDOT:
14,358 unpaid transactions
10,566 unpaid transactions
Renee Lee Ferguson
8,718 unpaid transactions
7,777 unpaid transactions
6,280 unpaid transactions
Amee J Geren
6,692 unpaid transactions
5,952 unpaid transactions
Ashley A Canada
7,100 unpaid transactions
Laura A Gregory
6,111 unpaid transactions
5,193 unpaid transactions
Tracey N Smith
5,138 unpaid transactions
4,722 unpaid transactions
4,462 unpaid transactions
5,236 unpaid transactions
Stephanie A Davis
4,912 unpaid transactions
4,447 unpaid transactions
4,137 unpaid transactions
Round Rock, TX
4,065 unpaid transactions
Lisa A Gonzales
5,118 unpaid transactions
4,146 unpaid transactions
3,529 unpaid transactions
6,003 unpaid transactions
3,549 unpaid transactions
Nicole Michell Brown
4,476 unpaid transactions
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