Apr 22, 2015 5:56 PM
The Department of Transportation is looking to duplicate the E-ZPass system of tracking cars as they go through tolls throughout the state.
E-ZPass lanes use cameras to identify tags for automatic payment and also capture license plate information if a car goes through the toll without sufficient funds. DOT says the cameras will cost about $500,000 and plans to start installing them next week.
Currently, when someone goes through the cash lane and is unable to pay they are given a stub telling them how to submit payment. Last year DOT said they lost about $80,000 from people who never paid. The E-ZPass system has proven to be very popular throughout New England. Drivers we spoke with were surprised to hear there aren't cameras in all lanes.
"I've always been afraid that if I didn't, not that I never didn't pay, but I always thought that there was a camera there watching me and I'd get caught if I didn't pay," said Vermont driver Erica Silveira.
The cameras are expected to be fully installed at all toll booths by the end of May.
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