LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of tolls have gone unpaid on Maryland's Intercounty Connector, but officials hope that a new law will help them crack down on toll scofflaws.
Records obtained by WTOP-FM (http://bit.ly/17yZbkT) show 862,458 tolls have not been paid since January 2012, costing the state millions of dollars. Documents also show 88,593 drivers with two or more unpaid video tolls.
New laws that go into effect on Monday crack down on drivers who skip out on tolls across Maryland and then fail to pay the bills. The change coincides with toll increases at bridges and tunnels.
Previously, Maryland could only impose administrative fees and turn over unpaid tolls to collections. Now, the Maryland Transportation Authority can flag and eventually suspend the registration once a driver passes $1,000 in tolls due.