88-year-old NH man battling E-ZPass now that Washington, D.C., ticket resolved
ROCHESTER — An elderly Rochester man who mistakenly received a $100 ticket from the nation’s capitol after an automated traffic enforcement system camera caught what looked like his vanity plates speeding on New York Avenue says he is now getting notices from New Hampshire E-ZPass.
Ray Turmelle, 88, has plates that say "SUMMIT" on them. State officials have photos of a "-SUMMIT" plate going through highway tolls on two occasions. Turmelle said in both cases, it could not have been him and the photos from E-ZPass prove it.
Turmelle said Thursday he plans to visit his local E-ZPass center to straighten out the problem.
"I'm going to go personally and see them and then I'll go to the DMV in Concord," Turmelle said. "I know where they are, too. Right off before you get to Concord. I know where they are. That’s the DMV, to see why they issue those damn plates to everybody who wants one. That’s the best I can do."
It is possible for license plates in New Hampshire to have similar and identical phrases, depending on what type of vanity plate it is.
The fine from Washington, D.C., has since been excused after the Metropolitan Poice Department determined the car was not Turmelle's.