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Toll Tag TrafficThanks to the toll tag, motorists no longer have to stop at a toll booth and fish for loose change. They also don’t have to worry about holding up traffic while they ask an attendant to break a $20 bill. However, there are some people out there who aren’t quite as enamored with these devices and believe they’re being used for more nefarious purposes. Here are some stories we’ve recently run across at The Barber Law Firm that may give you a reason to pause.

Are You Being Tracked?

We need to state up front that the Texas Department of Transportation flatly denies that technology behind the toll tag is not being used for law enforcement purposes. However, the My San blog reports that Wavetronix, the manufacturer of the SmartSensor used in toll tags, claims that its technology can be used to create a speed trap. The blog goes on to stat that “those who sign up for a toll tags are unwittingly signing up to put a government-issued RFID spy chip in your personal vehicle.”

Be Careful Where You Drive

On May 5, 2011, the New York Post ran an article on a transit official who was busted for skipping out of work early because investigators were able to track her E-Z Pass (a system used in several states that is similar to the toll tag) records. Her agency-issued car was tracked several times a day as it went through toll plazas. As a result, she was looking at a demotion that would have cost her about $50,000 a year.

We’re not at all saying that the toll tag in your car is being used for any sort of unconstitutional purposes. It is important, however, that we keep apprised of how the technology is being used so that we can make sure our privacy and our rights remain protected. On a lighter note, The Barber Law Firm runs a Toll Tag Tuesday contest where you can have your bill paid for a week. Head to our Facebook page to learn more.

TollTag Tuesday MoneyWhile we hear more and more that the economy is slowly recovering, everyone can still use some extra cash – especially to help with that holiday shopping. The Barber Law Firm is running a weekly contest called Toll Tag Tuesday that can put some extra money in your pocket.

How it Works

  1. First,  go to our Facebook site to enter.
  2. Click on the button to share the contest.
  3. Enter your e-mail address.

And that’s it. If you win in on Toll Tag Tuesday, we’ll pay your tolls for the week.

The Rules

There are a few rules, though, as there are with any contest. You need to be either a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. legal resident, and if you’re a minor you have to have the written consent of a legal guardian or parent.

If you win, you’ll need to provide us with an official bill from the North Texas Tollway Association (NTTA) that shows the day and time of each charge you incur. If we receive any entries that are improperly completed, or do not have the necessary signature of a parent or local guardian, we’ll have to disqualify them.

Contact The Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550 if you have any questions or you would like more information on our Toll Tag Tuesday contest. You’ll have a chance at getting a little more money to spend on your friends and family members this Christmas. What do you think about toll roads – not only the ones in existence now, but the others that are planned for the area in the coming years? Sound off by using the social media links below.

TollTag Tuesday MoneyMost people have grumbled on occasion when they encounter toll booths on the highway. Their primary complaint tends to be the cost, but they might also complain about traditional toll booths slowing down traffic. Naturally, some people forget their change or their pass, further bogging down the system. In recent years, however, there have been new systems that make life more convenient for the commuter. In the Dallas area, the TxTag, or TollTag, is a great way to pay daily tolls, and the Barber Law Firm has information that can help you stay out of legal trouble regarding this innovative service.

How the TollTag Works

Saving money and time sounds, good, right? The TollTag has a few improvements over traditional toll systems. Among them:

  • You don’t have to stop your vehicle – you don’t even have to slow down dramatically.
  • A scanner automatically reads the tag on your windshield.
  • In some cases, you pay significantly less than other drivers.

Of course, the system can be abused by people who don’t have money in their account, and that causes a legal problem. To stay out of trouble, keep a few things in mind.

How to Avoid Trouble With the TollTag

If you miss a toll bill payment, there will be second notice of an unpaid fee with an additional $1.15 for the billing. If you don’t pay that, then there will be a violation fee of $5. If your account gets passed on to collections, that adds $25. Ultimately, if it goes to court, court fees and fines could add up to $350 or possibly more.  A lot of people have had to deal with a great deal of hassle, many times out of mere confusion. A Dallas law firm can help people deal with any problems that may arise if you didn’t pay due to a genuine misunderstanding or mistake. Regular commuters may want to consider autopay to avoid any hassles. Also, make sure you do not try to remove the TollTag if you sell a vehicle, because peeling it off will damage it. Call customer service to deactivate the current tag and to get a tag for your new car. If you have questions on the legal aspects of delinquent tolls or other legal issues in the Dallas area, contact the Barber Law Firm as soon as you can.

LawyerGetting a ticket from a police office is annoying enough, but getting a ticket in the mail can be even worse. You might get a bill in the mail for a TollTag violation if you drive on a toll road that’s owned by the Texas Department of Transportation and you have an inactive TxTag, Houston EZ TAG account or an inactive Dallas TollTag.

If you ever do get a violation in the mail, you can contest it with the help of a qualified Dallas lawyer. The Barber Law Firm is here to protect you and your rights and keep you from having to pay unnecessary bills.

Resolving Toll Tickets

Even if your toll ticket isn’t very expensive, there’s a good chance that you might be paying more than you legally have to if you do decide to go ahead and take care of the bill. You’ll want to get in touch with an experienced Dallas lawyer who specializes in toll violations as soon as you can since time is often of the essence in these matters.

Expert Advice

The Barber Law Firm can help you at any point in the process, from your initial bill, a violation and even when you’re being bothered by collections agencies. Know your rights and all of your options when it comes to these situations. Paying the bill isn’t always your only choice.

If you’ve recently received a TollTag violation or bill in the mail, get in touch with The Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550 as soon as possible.

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