Thursday, September 16, 2010
Damm Toll Road
Imagine my surprise when The Toll Roads Violation Enforcement Department sent me a not-so-love-note. It informed me that the vehicle identified (mine) was traveling on The Toll Roads without making the proper toll payment, or having a valid FasTrak Transponder . Stop there. What the heck is a FasTrak Transponder? Like the Fast Pass at Disneyland? Some special apparatus I pick up at Target? Or gas station? Apparently I was “caught” driving on the Toll roads without making the proper toll payment and this violates California Vehicle Code blah, blah blah….and these violations are subject to a civil penalty under blah, blah, blah. In other words I am being cited for the amount of toll, $4.50 plus an outrageous penalty of $55.00! That short stint on the Toll Road was nowhere near worth sixty clams! I’ll admit it, at first I felt ashamed… Bad girl! Then I called my aunt and as we talked and recapped that mediocre non-directive toll ride, I got angry.
Long story short: I filed Section B – Request for an Administrative Investigation. That sounded judicial and red-tape like, but I must attempt to overturn my penalty. Sixty bucks is a lot of money to me (always has been) and I can’t just fork it over without explaining myself (“Splain Lucy!”, as Ricky Ricardo would say). They will investigate my circumstances and my Civil Judgment will be sent in a week. Note to self: Pick up a copy of Toll Roads for Dummies.