State To Crack Down On Those Skipping Tolls

RALEIGH (AP) - The transportation department is about to crack down on those who fail to pay tolls on the Triangle Expressway.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that starting next month, officials will use collection agencies to seek payments from 73,000 people who have not paid toll bills for using the 18-mile highway.

The Division of Motor Vehicles also will be checking on toll payments when people renew their automobile registrations.

Those with bills three months or more late will be targeted.

The agency says the motorists owe more than $800,000 in tolls, plus more than $3 million in fees and penalties.

Those affected are mailed bills based on photos of their license plates. People with transponders pay automatically.

The first section of the road opened in January 2012.