Sunday, April 08, 2007

Cook County Fugitive

I'm officially on the lamb in Illinois.

If you drive through greater Chicago from one side to the other, like I do at least once a year - you know that you have to pay several dollars worth of tolls to get through their expressway system. That's fine - a lot of states have tollways, and I'm sure they're a good source of funds for keeping their highways in good repair (although based on the condition of the roads in Chicago, I'm not entirely sure what I'm paying for there).

To make it more efficient for the frequent commuter, Illinois has implemented an Open Road Tolling system which allows you to pay automatically as you drive under the scanner. This is a great idea - if you have an I-Pass account. If you don't, like me, you need to make your way over to the manual lane and pay the old fashioned way - with cash.

However, the last two times we've driven through this year, I've accidentally missed the "cash only" lanes when I couldn't get over to the far right in time (I'm more moderate than that), and was forced through the automated I-Pass lane instead. Now if this happens one more time, I become a fugitive to the Illinois highway department. Even worse, they have a name for creeps like me. Here is a quote from their web site:

We want to reduce the amount of uncollected tolls and think this will happen once scofflaws realize that there are penalties for not paying their fair share.

SCOFFLAWS?

I'll understand if you feel you need to distance yourselves from me. I would hate for you to have to be associated with the likes of a scofflaw.

11 comments:

Mom Thumb said...

How dare you scoff at the law. You're like one of those bad boys on Cops. They're gonna' come for you.

Dan said...

We were in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. We got into the right line ok, but we didn't have enough money to pay the toll at the automatic dustbin type thing so we made a break for it.

I'm guessing next time i try to get into the USA it will show up on my record.

Mooselet said...

Now I have the tune "I fought the law and the law won" running through my head.

I would think sending you a notice with a picture of you blatantly flouting the law and giving you the opportunity to pay the toll (plus a little extra no doubt) would be a better option than name calling.

Stacey said...

Is driving through the I-Pass lane without an account more or less serious than burning a copy of a CD?

Sandy said...

What is that??? Some sort of plant or something?

Heather said...

Wow, first Mrs H's parking ticket, now this???

I don't know if I should blogassociate with you.

wayabetty said...

Gee, I had to look up to see what that word meant and I'm sorry to say that we do need to part our ways right here, you rebel!

deborah said...

Here in NY, we have EZ Pass; same thing. I was going on my way to the pay toll, and it changed to the EZ pay as I was driving thru it, so I instantly became a "scofflawer" as you are. Hey, maybe you can try that one on them in court!!

Bill said...

My advice is to hid some bail money and a comb in your car. Those scofflaws may pop up on your next stop.

Anonymous said...

Cad!!!

Teri said...

We nearly did the same thing on our way to Kentucky at Christmas! Managed to get over to the right after slamming on the brakes and scaring Mike to death!