Penalty reinstated for toll evaders

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Penalties for drivers who cheat the tolls soon will become law again now that legislators have fixed an oversight that eliminated the fines.

Evading tolls used to be a violation, comparable to a traffic ticket, punishable by a $140 fine. But when the state changed its law last year to introduce the E-ZPass, it also accidentally repealed that provision. The mistake wasn’t discovered until E-ZPass was running.

In the interim, state police tried to fine people by charging them with running the red light at the toll both, but some judges rejected those violations. Now a bill fixing the mistake is headed to Gov. John Lynch’s desk for a signature.

Under the bill, evading the toll would be a violation with fines beginning at about $50.

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