When was the last time you got a ticket?

For me it was about three years ago, I was clocked doing 85 in a 55, ouch!

Now, my saying is if you're going to get a speeding ticket, at least make it worth it.

In that instance, I was running pretty late for work and legitimately thought the speed limit was 70 MPH, so the officer was pretty lenient with me.

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That being said, it still prompted my mom to tape this to my dashboard the next time I went to visit.

Credit: Buehler
Credit: Buehler

I got my first ticket in New Jersey last week, and maybe you've gotten this one, too.

In the mail, I received a letter from EZ Pass saying that I blew through a toll and that the normal one-dollar charge would now cost me $51 instead.

That's one dollar for the toll, and fifty dollars in administrative fees.


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I've been an E-ZPass user since the mid-2000's and always have it prominently displayed on my dash while driving.

But back in July, going down the Parkway, the E-ZPass booth for whatever reason didn't pick it up.

Photo by Red John on Unsplash
Photo by Red John on Unsplash

Now, according to the letter I had several options; I could pay the $51, report my EZ pass or vehicle as stolen, or dispute the charges.

It's time to fight The Man.

Cue The Clash's 1979 punk rock anthem I Fought The Law.

I was ready to fight tooth and nail to make sure I didn't have to pay a ridiculous cost for such a small toll.

I had my license plate number, E-ZPass transponder number, violation number as well as driver's license set and ready to go.

I called the number on the letter to fight for my case and after going through the automated portion of the phone call finally got transferred to an E-ZPass customer service rep.

Did I mention the 54 minutes and 27 seconds I spent on hold?

Photo by Djim Loic on Unsplash
Photo by Djim Loic on Unsplash

It felt like a lifetime.

Finally, a woman picked up on the other end and after providing my E-ZPass badge (transponder) number as well as confirming my address my fight came to an anticlimactic end.

"Alright, we've charged a dollar to your E-ZPass account, your ticket is closed."

That's it, it was that simple.

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I was dreading the mountain of paper work or people I was going to have to go through in order to not pay an outrageous fee.

The woman also said there's an option on the main phone menu to enter your E-ZPass number and just take care of it with their automated system.

Live and learn right?

So next time you blow through an E-ZPass toll and get this notice, avoiding that astronomical charge is so much easier than you may think!

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