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Grace period approved for tolls

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
March 30, 2010 3:11 pm

Toll violators will get a second chance to pay what they owe under a law signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire today.

Lawmakers created a grace period for fines on the Tacoma Narrows bridge and future toll roads. Drivers will have 80 days to pay the $4 toll and an administrative fee before the fine kicks in to bump the cost to $52.

It’s part of a bill passed during this year’s regular legislative session to allow toll projects like the bridge to keep all the money from fines that now go mostly to the court system. The new funding scheme helped convince transportation officials to hold the line on tolls this year.

UPDATE: The grace period should go into effect around mid-January of next year, the Department of Transportation says. It will take months for DOT to take over from the courts the responsibility of hearing toll violations.

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