Toni Cooley, of Virginia, facing more than $10,000 in fees for 11 trips on 495 Express Lanes
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman is facing more than $10,000 in administrative fees, court costs and civil penalties as a result of driving in the 495 Express Lanes.
ABC 7 news partners WTOP reports Toni Cooley took 11 trips over a two-week span in 2012. But her E-ZPass did not register because she did not properly set up auto-renewal on her account.
The radio station reports Transurban, the express lanes' operator, sent Cooley a bill for several hundred dollars in tolls and fees and Cooley wrote a check for about $11, to pay for her tolls but no fees. The bills escalated from there.
A judge will ultimately decide whether Cooley must pay. Transurban says the fees are proper and needed to recover the costs for equipment and efforts to track down drivers.