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TxDOT targets top toll violators

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The Texas Transportation Commission approves a list of the top 12 habitual toll violators in the state and they all live in Central Texas.

As a result, the Texas Department of Transportation is teaming up with law enforcement agencies to find them. This is all part of an effort to collect millions of dollars in outstanding tolls, fines and fees.

Back in November, TxDOT published a list of the top 25 toll violators. So far, fourteen of the drivers have come forward and have made arrangements. The twelve habitual violators on the list have not responded to calls or letters from the agency. They each have more than 100 unpaid toll violations and have each racked up bills of more than $100,000.

Vehicles belonging to violators could be impounded and reported to county tax assessor's offices to block vehicle registration renewal. Drivers could also face citations.

"What we want is at the end of the day for people to come forward," said Veronica Byer, a spokesperson with TxDOT.

Byer says TxDOT has plans to reach out to other law enforcement agencies in the area.

Williamson County Constable Robert Chody's team is the first to partner with TxDOT. Chief Deputy Robert Woodring says his team is ready for the challenge.

"As we monitor we'll have an idea of what vehicle we're looking for," said Woodring.

Miles of toll roads run through Williamson County. He hopes violators will come forward so his team won't have to see them on the side of the road.

"So, they don't have to deal with me. That would be the best thing," said Woodring.

TxDOT says on average about 150 people come forward each month to pay their outstanding bills. The $1.72 toll adds up fast with fines and late fees.

Here's an updated list of toll violators and how much they owe.

http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-center/statewide-news/2013-archive/051-2013-violators.html

If you think you owe TxDOT contact the TxTag Customer Service Center 888-468-9824 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. If you are working with collections you can contact Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP 832-786-7432

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