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Tydings Bridge Toll Patrol Yields 121 Violations, 2 Arrests

Maryland State Police and local law enforcement saturated the toll plaza last week.

Police converged around Tydings Bridge last week to crack down on people not paying tolls.

Maryland Transportation Authority reported that there have been more than 20,500 toll violations at the Tydings Bridge in the past year, resulting in $740,450 in lost revenue, according to a statement from Maryland State Police.

Police said drivers have used devices to obstruct their license plates, removed their license plates or altered their vehicle registrations to avoid paying the $6 toll at Tydings Bridge, which is monitored by video surveillance.

State police, transportation authority police and Perryville police joined forces around the Tydings Bridge in Cecil County Nov. 14-16 to identify commercial vehicles that were avoiding paying the tolls, had license or registration violations or harbored any criminal activities.

The following were the results of 295 vehicles stopped, according to police:

  • 121 toll violations
  • 233 citations
  • 141 warnings
  • 36 registration plate violations (including altered plates)
  • 1 driver arrested on an outstanding warrant 
  • 5 motorists charged with theft for intentionally avoiding paying tolls
  • 136 lane violations
  • 1 drug arrest

In addition, police took 10 commercial vehicle drivers out of service after finding they had suspended licenses.

The toll patrol comes two months after The Washington Post found that Maryland Transportation Authority hasn't been penalizing violators for not paying tolls, other than sending them letters, and $6.7 million statewide has accumulated in the last five years in unpaid violations.

Maryland's transportation secretary, comptroller and lawmakers are working on ways to provide the Maryland Transportation Authority with stronger enforcement mechanisms, according to The Baltimore Sun, which reported that one state delegate has a bill already in the works.

The Maryland State Police said last week's toll patrol was "an overwhelming success" and the agency plans to hold similar operations in the future.

See Also:

  • Bridge Toll Increases: Locals Hatem
  • New Toll Rates Go into Effect (2011)
Brent November 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM
"The toll patrol comes two months after The Washington Post found that Maryland Transportation Authority hasn't been penalizing violators for not paying tolls, other than sending them letters, and $6.7 million statewide has accumulated in the last five years in unpaid violations." But they can raise tolls nearly unabated because they "need" the revenue. F*** you MdTA.
Monica schlegel November 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Brent, YES!!!!!! I'm with you there. I'm sick to death of this mess. Whie I don't want to encourage anyone to do anything illegal, I blame none of those who made alterations to avoid the tolls. Maryland is, by far, the MOST expensive state I've ever lived. It's horrendous. And still there's never enough money.
Thomas November 21, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Why do these a-holes insist on harrassing the working man? We wouldn't need all the revenue if these jerks weren't there.
Brian November 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Nothing like sucking dry the citizens that need to use the bridge. What happened to the money authorized for upgrades and repairs to begin with?? Oh. That's right. O'Malley stole it for his other unconstitutional programs. So who gets stuck with putting it back time after time?? WE DO!!!! THE DAMN PEOPLE WHO FUNDED THE BRIDGE TO BEGIN WITH!!!! It is OUR bridge. Not the State's. We paid for it with OUR hard work and the theft of our earnings.I hate this tyrannical state!!
Truth n Reason November 21, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I have business on both sides of the bridge. My yealy cost has gone from $20 a year (2 stickers) to $1,872 (by next Spring). We have MTA cops everywhere who even give tickets in the City of HdG. We have City Police, County Sheriffs & State Police. The MTA cops have the newest and most advanced equipment...WHY? Because we have a Governor who wants more money to steal for his pet projects. Disgraceful.
Denise Buchanan November 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Just think he wants to be our next president.
Katie November 21, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Haha~ this is what you get for having a freaking toll booth in order to get out of a town. Havre de Grace wins an extra special star sticker, it says "You Didn't Try"
Deb Goll November 21, 2012 at 09:06 PM
It's MDTA...Maryland Transportation Authority....not MTA...Mass Transit Administration...if you're going to complain, at least get it right.
Christopher Kidwell November 22, 2012 at 09:56 AM
Brian, take a chill pill. Yes, O'Malley might have 'stolen' the money or used it for purposes that it was not approved for (I'm not educated on the subject so I don't know whether he did or not). However, don't you DARE say that any other people in government would have done differently, what with the Republicans raiding Social Security to fund their pork-barrel programs over the years. Same thing with the Democrats, actually. We need laws that say when dollars are approved for a specific purpose, they will only be used for that purpose. Right now, the law leaves too much 'wiggle room' for politicians on both sides of the table.
Christopher Kidwell November 22, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Katie, that has been there for 50 years now AND there is an analogue in Baltimore going in one direction. Want to play again?
Christopher Kidwell November 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM
There is never enough money because they keep on giving unjust and unwarranted tax breaks to corporations and others. Personally, I would love to make it illegal to give tax breaks to corporations and private citizens without the approval of the populace in Maryland. Most of them would say "No!" if they were educated on the subject and realized that tax breaks do not encourage businesses to come to a state for anything more than a short time until the tax breaks end, after which they flee to another state and start the cycle all over again.
Truth n Reason November 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Obviously Chris, you NEVER have, nor ever will, own your own business.
Hollee Sifford November 22, 2012 at 04:06 PM
There is a way around the 40 toll bridge if u really object to its usage fee....Use the conowingo damn..Not sure that will make anyone happy either but it is a suggestion...Lets face it the government is ALWAYS gonna make us angry,bitter,and frustrated I think it is in the job description :) BTW................ HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Phil Dirt November 22, 2012 at 06:01 PM
PcTech - Please let us know the next time you bring your stand-up act to the HaHa Lounge or Bananas Comedy Club. You are hilarious! It almost sounds like you believe that sewage you are spewing!

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