Florida commuters don't like 75-cent toll

June 27, 2011 5:16:37 PM PDT
Most Bay Area commuters bite the bullet and pay as much as $6 to cross over the Bay Bridge, but authorities in Orlando are having trouble with commuters who refuse to pay the 75-cent toll.

Authorities say drivers are going so far as to risk their lives to conceal their license plates as they drive through the toll plaza in Orlando, Florida without paying.

One less dangerous, but still illegal, tactic authorities say toll evaders are taking is to cover the license plate with paper, like the driver of one $70,000 Cadillac Escalade was caught doing.

"It's not just someone who makes $5 an hour," said [insert name here]. I mean, there are people who, for all reasons, don't want to pay the tolls. Sometimes, they just don't want to wait in the line."

Florida authorities released several surveillance photos as part of a crackdown and awareness campaign. Authorities say lost toll fares cost the state $20 million, enough to build a new highway.