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If you’ve crossed Tacoma Narrows without paying since July 7, expect a ticket

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Aug. 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm with 4 Comments »
August 25, 2011 12:16 pm

After complaints from drivers that they had been fined despite keeping a balance in their Good to Go accounts, the state was forced to dismiss thousands of valid tickets along with the mistakes. So plenty of people crossed the bridge for free.

But now the Department of Transportation says contractor Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp. has resolved problems and is about ready to start sending out tickets.

They hit the mail around Labor Day. The state must issue fines within 60 days, so the tickets will go to drivers whose license plates were caught on camera since July 7.

“If you’ve cheated,” Deputy Transportation Secretary David Dye said today, “we’re going to get you.”

Many infractions between mid-February and July 7 went unpaid, costing the state about $45,000 a month or more than $200,000 in lost revenue, the Department of Transportation says. WSDOT said it has notified the contractor it will have to pay that money, on top of about $2 million and counting that ETC must forgo due to delays in tolling State Route 520.

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  1. And just how are they going to “get” anybody? Are they going to hire an army of process servers?

    Why is the state paying these people to do this? If they caused the problem, why are the users being dinged for the costs?

  2. Copper2Steel says:

    Will THESE tickets have been cross-referenced with the photographs and accounts this time — BEFORE they are mailed?

  3. Omega6234 says:

    I will be a 5.00 foot long this is not fixed yet.

  4. sunlover says:

    I really don’t believe ETCC will be fined. ETCC couldn’t fine those of us driving for free across the bridge and I don’t believe WSDOT will be able to levy fines or damages against this company because they failed to manage this project from the get go.

    WSDOT management reminds me of ENRON management and no one will be in jail for their blatant incompetency in mismanaging tax payers money.

    The term ‘fine’ in music means ‘to end’ the piece. We could argue that that definition is pronounced ‘finis’ but it should still apply with ending ETCC’s piece of tolling and as they do, WSDOT management should resign for their incompetence.

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