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List of top toll road violators released

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The Texas Department of Transportation released a list of the top toll violators from across the state on Thursday with some owing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

You know the rules, if you drive through...expect a bill.

"They made a choice to take the toll road, so, they took that choice, they need to pay up," said Veronica Beyer with the Texas Department of Transportation.

She says the names of the top 25 people who have been using the toll ways, but not paying the fee, have been made public.

Beyer said, "There's 27 million dollars of unpaid tolls out there that money could be used to pay debt, to pay for the maintenance and operation of these toll roads."

TxDOT reps say they've sent notices to 28,000 car owners, some of which have hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid tolls.

Beyer said, "It's just not fair that these people have gotten away with not paying their tolls to the tens of thousands of people who are doing the right thing and paying when they use the toll roads."

We paid a visit to the top three alleged violators, whose addresses are listed in Pflugerville and Hutto.

We'd like to talk to you about your toll bill.

Anybody home?

No one answered the door at this house either.

Neighbors say that's because no one's lived here for eight months.

"The next step is we can ban their vehicles from using TxDOT toll roads. If they get pulled over, they can be ticketed, their vehicles can be impounded. And the next step would be working with the tax assessor's office to ban the registration of their vehicle," said Beyer.

We have done stories in the past though about TxDOT double-charging toll way users.

According to TxDOT, all of the top 25 worst offenders live in or around the Austin area.

Bottom line?

"They just need to call," said Beyer.

Reps say two out of the 25 people listed on TxDOT's "shame list" have called to discuss payment options.

We're following up with TxDOT about why all the people in their top 25 are from the Austin area.

LINK: List of top toll violators


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