As I was traveling to the Chicago-Midway airport the other day, I mistakenly drove in the I-pass lanes instead of the coin toll lanes. I drove right through and onward to my destination. I thought for sure that a State Trooper’s car would immediate chase after me, sirens going with shots a blazing. But believe it or not, nothing. Not a siren. No shots fired.
At first I didn’t care because, after all, I was in a rental vehicle. But still, I was pretty worried at the excessive violation fee that I knew I would eventually be charged. No matter what, there are some things that we could never hide from, especially when there are about ten hundred thousand cameras recording video of every car passing on the Interstate.
It was just my luck that my passengers had experienced a similar problem before. I was told if I wanted to prevent a toll violation fee that I had to just pay the toll online. I never even would have thought of that. I would have just waited for the violation invoice to find me, which by the way probably never would have since I rented a car with my Michigan Driver’s License, though I live in North Carolina.
Believe it or not, it was pretty easy to pay the $1 fee once I got to a computer.
I went to Illinois Tollway’s website, chose the Pay Unpaid Toll option, and enter the required information: The plates of the vehicle, time of incident, interstate that was traveled and in which direction, and the booth where the violation occurred.
Come to find out, if I wouldn’t have paid the $1 within 7 days, I would have been charged $20 about 21 days after the incident, and then $50 in addition to the $20 in about 2 months. Worse yet, if the $50 wouldn’t have been paid, I could have faced to following penalties:
- Possible suspension of driver’s license
- Referral to a collection agency
- Report to the credit bureau
So, Don’t Prevent Wealth, pay your damn violations!
Readers: Have you ever had a problem paying toll violations? Do you have an outstanding toll violation?
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