ADDISON (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas Toll Authority impounded a woman’s car this week for not paying her tolls.READ MORE: 'My Home Is Still Uninhabitable': 10 Months After Winter Storm Some Texans Still Waiting On Insurance Claims
The agency said it has tried a number of ways to make people pay to no avail. The NTTA even banned 21,000 drivers from using the tollway since last May. Drivers with more than 100 unpaid tolls were banned.
“These are egregious offenders. These are people who’ve racked up at least 100 and really in many cases more than a thousand tolls,” said Michael Rey with the NTTA.READ MORE: Wife Of Suspected Killer Of Mesquite Officer Charged With Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon In Disturbance Preceding Fatal Shooting
Driver Rochelle Sanders is one such offender. She racked up a tollway bill for $2,714 and was banned. But she kept using the toll roads until DPS troopers gave her a warning, then a citation. She was caught for the third time this week and her car was impounded.
“It’s the first time we’ve had a car that met all the criteria. This person had more than 1300 tolls, more than 2,000 dollars in tolls alone, there had been no inclination to pay over the better part of a year,” said Rey.
The NTTA said more than 1,600 barred drivers have paid off their debts. Another 2,000 have set up payment plans. The agency is taking their payments as a sign their aggressive program is working.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Omicron Variant Arrives In Texas
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