POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 9:29pm
UPDATED: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 3:10pm
Tyler Tx, (KETK) — More than 28,000 Texas drivers had until noon Wednesday to cough up their money for unpaid tolls.
Violators had until noon to call the TxTag customer service line to pay their tolls or make payment arrangements.
For any offender with 100 or more unpaid tolls who didn't make a payment today, TxDot will release their names and cities to the media and post their name and information on their website
TxDot plans on collecting $27 million in unpaid tolls.
And East Texans agree, violators need to cough up the money they owe.
"They should pay."
"If they use the toll, they should pay. Whatever it takes to get them to pay that's what should happen."
"It's not fair for us to use a toll road that pay all the time and others use the toll road and not pay," said TxDot spokesperson Helena Wright.
Wright said they will give law enforcement a list of license plates and car descriptions.
"The vehicles that have been recognized as habitual violators who continue to travel on the toll road will be pulled over."
And if these drivers are caught, their car can be impounded.
They can also be denied renewing their car registration.
"It's essentially stealing when you are driving through these tolls and your not paying them while other people are," said Wright.
Wright said the toll fees pay for TxDot to maintain and repair their toll roads.
And they need these thousands of dollars in unpaid fees to keep the roads drivable.
"We want it to be fair, and we want to use those dollars to keep the toll roads safe."
Drivers with unpaid tolls are asked to call TxTag Customer Service at 1-888-468-9824.