By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Transportation Authority is sending out friendly reminders. And if you get one, you probably won’t like it. MDTA is collecting on unpaid toll violations.

As Pat Warren reports, there are consequences for not responding.

Whether you’re crawling through a toll booth or captured by camera on the ICC, there’s a price to pay, as Adrienne Smith discovered on the I-95 corridor.

“We went through a lot of toll roads. We started out in New Jersey by Manhattan, so we went through a lot of tolls. We paid them with the E-ZPass,” Smith said.

And the Maryland Transportation Authority says to be fair to people like Adrienne who pay their tolls, they’re going after the people who don’t pay.

“Coming January, we’re going to refer these accounts to MVA to either flag their registration or suspend their registration,” said Deb Sharpless, MDTA deputy executive director.

There are 131,000 vehicles out there with a target on their tags. The Maryland Transportation Authority is bent on collecting $7.1 million in outstanding tolls.

If you owe less than $1,000, you may be referred to the MVA for non-renewal flag, $1,000 or more, and your registration can be suspended.

“Ninety-nine percent of our customers pay their tolls,” said Sharpless.

Like Jake Walbridge, who admits his E-ZPass doesn’t always work.

“I’ve had to go through the E-ZPass online thing and easily just fix it that way,” said Walbridge.

To those who haven’t fixed it, there’s a letter from the MVA on the way reminding you–it’s time to pay.

Violators can pay up by January 6 in order to avoid being referred to the MVA.

Approximately 93,000 out of state toll violators will have their debt referred to the state collection agency.

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