Reporting Leigh Ann Adam
Dallas woman, Amber Young, owes the North Texas Tollway Authority $179,596.43. She has sped through the toll booths 8,366 times without making a single payment.
However she is not alone twenty-two drivers owe more than $100,000 in unpaid tolls and penalties. The NTTA said last year about 3 percent of users were dodging about $13 million in tolls, and that a previous drive to publish the names of the worst offenders brought out more response than any other tactic.
NTTA drew its list by taking photos of license plates when a vehicle runs through its electronic toll gates without a valid transponder, then matches the plate to the registered owner of the vehicle. t also warns that the offenders on the list run the risk of a criminal citation, and the NTTA now says it will start pursuing the worst offenders in civil court as well.
However the system isn’t perfect, Two years ago, a Fort Worth woman spent a day in jail because of a NTTA fine she didn’t know about that had grown into a bench warrant for a missed court date.
But lets all hope that Ms. Young finally decides to settle up her debt.