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Enforcement takes a toll on Illinois motorists

The Daily Herald recently published a series of articles exposing toll enforcement errors and delays causing hassle to motorists.

Among issues identified:

  • “Hundreds of thousands of drivers” that incurred toll violations did not receive notices of these violations for over a year, due to a computer glitch. Due to the time lapse, fines and penalties multiplied – “hitting [affected motorists] with massive fines that have the potential to destroy someone’s credit and livelihood.” Furthermore, the Tollway Authority is not offering payment plans to ease the burden of paying these fines.
  • Toll enforcement cameras have difficulty reading specialty plates, which comprise approximately 25% of all Illinois license plates. Errors can result in violation notices being sent to the wrong registrant.

Here are links to the series, in case you missed it:

Part 1: Taking a heavy toll
Part 2: Critics call for reform of toll collection system
Part 3: Toll officials draw a blank on cheats tally

Additionally, there are supplemental features and a handful of reader letters rounding out the extensive coverage.

The series, and possibly the associated feedback from Daily Herald readers, prompted Illinois State Toll Highway Director Brian McPartlin to pen the agency’s side of the story.

So, there is more to transportation news than RTA doomsday. Stay tuned!

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