An amnesty program for Crescent City Connection toll violators kicks off today.
It's an opportunity for folks with outstanding amounts due to avoid any additional fines and late fees.
Department of Transportation spokeswoman Bambi Hall says about 22,000 individuals will be receiving the required notices for prior violations this week.
"Basically, the program is an opportunity for toll violators to resolve their outstanding amounts that were due, by payment of the tolls without the late charges and administrative fee."
She says those violators would be wise to comply.
"If they don't take advantage of this program to just pay the principal amount, then they'll be paying everything...the administrative fee, late fees, and the principal amount, included."
"What the program does is, basically, allow you to pay just the principal amount of the toll," says Hall.
The program begins today, Monday, July 22, and will conclude on October 1, 2013.
Individuals who want to participate in the program must fill out the CCC Toll Amnesty Program Application, have it postmarked by October 1, 2013, and mailed to DOTD, Attn: CCC Toll Violation Amnesty Program, P.O. Box 6297, New Orleans, LA 70174-6297. Checks or money orders will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to DOTD.
No money collected will be directed to the Crescent City Connection Division of the DOTD.
Hall says the money will go to the State Treasurer, who's in charge of the refund process. But, she wasn't sure what account it would be placed in.
"I'm not sure," said Hall. "It could be the general fund, maybe unclaimed property, I don't know. But, we are not going to be using it, because we have no use for it at the former CCC. The building is practically empty, at this point."
Upon conclusion of the program, all violators who have not participated will be identified and all evidence of outstanding toll violations will be turned over to the Department of Justice for collection of the full payment. Individuals would then be subject to the Department of Justice's debt collection methods which include flagging driver's licenses, garnishing wages, and seizing bank accounts.
DOTD will not resend invoices previously sent which are eligible for the program. Previous violators will bear the responsibility to inquire online, US Mail, or email if an outstanding toll is owed.