Toll cheaters are costing you money in Southwest Florida; how do they do it?
10:00 PM, Feb 12, 2018
11:09 PM, Feb 12, 2018
LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A possible SunPass toll hike is on the way after the state has been cheated out of more than $700,000 alone in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties.
The deadbeat cheaters have used a variety of clever gadgets to beat the toll plaza cameras designed to capture drivers' faces and their license tags: including electronic curtains that roll down covering the license plate. They are remotely controlled with a device that looks like a garage door opener. They are actually legally sold online.
Others have used plain mud smeared over their license plate, making the toll cameras useless.
Fox 4 contacted State Representative Bob Rommel of Naples about the $57 million deficit. Rommel, who is a member of the House Transportation committee, promised a complete investigation to determine how and why FDOT allowed the debt to get out of control.
Rommel promised to get back to Fox 4 when his investigation wraps up. He also told Jennings a toll hike could be on the horizon.