• Jun 3, 2011
Floridians' Creative Toll Evasion 101 – Click above for image gallery

Most motorists hate paying tolls, but drivers in Florida apparently really hate coughing up their hard-earned dollars. Some have decided they're done paying altogether, and will go to novel ways to thwart toll booth cameras. We say "novel" as a kind way of saying "moronic."

Friends leaning out of open hatchbacks, motorcyclists kicking their feet back to obscure their own license plates are just two of the tricks used by these apparently sovereign citizens to avoid getting caught for not paying road tolls. The St. Petersburg Times compiled a few of the Florida Department of Transportation's finest toll evaders. Check them out in the gallery below.


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      Hernan
      • 3 Years Ago
      What happened to the "return to post" link on galleries? If I open a gallery in a new window, I don't have any way of returning to its associated post...
      rgee01
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't have an issue with people getting around speed and red light cameras; I do have an issue with people stealing from the toll system. I have to subsidize their theft with MY toll payments. I hope these idiots get caught and royally fined.
        Yeah yeah
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rgee01
        Why don't you have an issue with other kinds of potentially dangerous law breaking actions? In theory, their actions will cost you money on YOUR insurance payments if you get into an accident with one of them. (Even if it is their fault)
          apple4ever
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          Cause fining people for them doesn't actually reduce the dangerousness. Speed Limits are routinely set too low, and red light cameras don't reduce accidents.
          rgee01
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          Speed cameras do not stop the violation. If it is so dangerous, why don't people get points and no fine? Why the money? Red lights cameras do not reduce red light accidents. @ALBGunner, look up the statistics. Accident rates often INCREASE. The best way to reduce red light accidents is through sound traffic engineering. Come to Central Florida - many of our lights have decent yellow times and a lag between red on one side and green on the adjacent side. Why do these times mysteriously decrease after a red light camera is installed? Why do accident rates go UP? Ask yourself those questions, ALB. Don't be so eager to believe everything your local government and RLC vendor tells you.
      thepennyracer
      • 3 Years Ago
      i wanna know how you go "FASTAZFUK" in a big ford harley edition.
      third3ye82
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sometimes one just has to admire the sheer effort despite it originating from stupidity... this is one of those moments.
      FunkyBanana
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does any of this work?
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's not hard to find the actual plate number of that camaro. his hand is only covering 2 letters
        baldheadeddork
        • 3 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        If the Highway Patrol or Dept of Law Enforcement (not sure who would have jurisdiction) wanted to get off its rear, that could be a problem for a lot of the people in these pictures. I would bet there is exactly one Ford FX4 dually with a Florida license plate that begins L1V L, and not a lot of Escalades of that generation with a plate that ends in UB.
      JamesJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      The guy in the Camaro only covered 1 digit on the plate. How hard is it to find him.
      Rick C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The last idiot has what appears to be a personalized plate. Three or four characters, plus the model of vehicle are clear. He's toast. All of these guys need one of those James Bond plate flippers.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh Florida. It's like California and Texas had a baby and gave it a lobotomy.
        Osama bin Larry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        I bet your state isn't much better than any of the ones you've mentioned.
        kramrenka
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        Sorry but its the other way around. Texas, Florida and California lobotomized baby.
      oRenj9
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toll roads are idiotic, gas taxes are the best for of usage taxation out there. If the road budget needs to be increased, then increase the tax on gas. If you want to reduce your tax liability, then buy a smaller and lighter (therefore, less destructive) car.
        rgee01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
        Toll roads provide an alternative to the publically funded roads. In many states, the toll road system is also in better shape than the public road system. The market works, if you give it a chance.
        mythicalprogrammer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
        Toll roads serve it purposes. If the State isn't going to build a road then some private person will build it and charge for it. What's wrong with that? Supply and Demand. If you don't want to use the toll road then so be it. It's not like they're going to lose sleep over it.
        Yeah yeah
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
        The only problem with gas taxes is that anyone with an electric car would pay nothing to support the highway budget. If they ever got common that could cause a funding problem.
      yesaninsider
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahaahaaahaaa...youth... Stop making people pay for what their tax dollars have already covered and then this won't happen...ex I'm familiar with - the NYS thruway has been paid for many, many times over but the NY Gov't just can't let go of that revenue...seems FL might not be any different. This is 'merica man ;)
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 3 Years Ago
        @yesaninsider
        As someone from NY now living in Florida I agree with you except that since Florida does not have state taxes like NY, you usually get banged for stuff like this instead but still much cheaper living. Also, the roads are flat and not dug up by plows every year so repaving is less and potholes are even rarer.
        N
        • 3 Years Ago
        @yesaninsider
        User fees (i.e. the gas tax) only pay for 50% of highway construction/maintenance in the U.S. Further, it's basic economics that the most efficient way to allocate a limited resource (roadway) is through pricing) Funny how Americans only support the free market when it doesn't cost them anything extra.
          Jake
          • 3 Years Ago
          @N
          That's because most states are probably like Texas and blow a good chunk of their gasoline tax revenue on other stuff.
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @N
          I hate that they charge taxes for certain program and then reallocate the money on other projects. Here in PA they developed the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and they have 4 bridges between Philadelphia and Jersey. Well they spent $1.7 on lobbyists to try to talk politicians (bribe them) into being allowed to raise tolls. Source: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/politics/local_politics/DRPA_Lobbying_For_Money_013111 They also gave this: Since 2005, the DRPA contributed more than $775,000 to civic and charitable groups, some with close ties to DRPA board members and executives. In the last 12 years, the DRPA has spent about $500 million on economic-development projects such as sports stadiums and museums. http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/editorials/article_6d83a722-6ef8-5883-b253-925c1e05f08c.html I'm 100% for free market, but I'd much rather pay for the city/state parks. I enjoy them. I don't use the bridge. I also don't agree with the Port Authority paying for baseball stadiums in Camden. Have corporations sponsor and put their name all over, not my tax money!
          Rob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @N
          @Jake If you thought Texas was bad, come drive on any road that isn't an interstate in Louisiana
      hans moleman
      • 3 Years Ago
      and this is the state that turned down funding for highspeed rails.. no other place than Florida to skip driving.. the state is such a yawn.
        Ricardo Vargas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hans moleman
        being from florida i have to correct you in that we didn't turn down the high speed rail that bald skeletor did. The floridians wouldve voted it through if there was an option but he had the final say. and second with all that action on our turnpikes there is no yawning
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