Michigan does not have toll roads, which is a problem for many of the MI-based Autoblog staffers when traveling out of state. We simply don't acknowledge E-Z Pass or think all that much about toll booths, because we just don't deal with them at home, and when highway hypnosis sets in it's easy to accidentally head through an E-Z Pass barrier. To a degree, then, we're able to sympathize with a 33-year-old Washington, DC man, who was dinged for repeatedly skipping out on the toll booths.
What we can't sympathize with is the number of times he did it - 335, dating back to 2009, according to a report from The Washington Post. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the toll road, isn't about to let him get away, either. When skipped tolls, fines and fees are taken into account, he's on the hook for $202,000. The man, Jason Bourcier, claims it was bad info that led him to a six-figure bill.
According to the report, a local NBC affiliate reported that "a friend told him when the toll booths were unmanned after 11:30 p.m., you could use the road without paying." Bourcier himself told USA Today that he asked a toll attendant "if the cameras were on when there were no attendants on duty. He said they weren't. So I started going through without paying tolls."
Negligence is not, however, a defense. Thankfully for Bourcier, prosecutors and the MWAA were willing to work out a deal - Bourcier will plead guilty to 70 counts of failing to pay a toll, and will be responsible for $40,000 in fines plus $56,000 in interest and fees. As part of the deal, he'll pay $150 per month for the next 54 years.