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Puerto Rico gov to investigate whether toll-camera fines issued incorrectly

By on August 31, 2017

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Wednesday that an investigation to determine if the traffic fines issued to hundreds of people for allegedly using the Autoexpreso highway toll system without a balance have been wrongly issued.

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“I can verify with DTOP [Transportation & Public Works Department] and see what the process is. I didn’t have that information, but I assure all of you who have been issued fines inappropriately that that will be fixed,” Rosselló said.

The governor was referring to the long lines at DTOP offices to pay fines, sometimes more than a dozen per driver, for using the highway without funds available in their toll system accounts.

The recurring situation led the Legislature in 2015 to lower the toll fines from $100 to $15 after drivers amassed thousands of dollars in tickets that prevented them from renewing their inspection stickers. At the time, it was determined that the $100 fine was too high for a toll costing about a $1. It was also found that many fines were issued because the toll cameras didn’t read the Autoexpreso sticker correctly.

At the beginning of 2017, the Legislature again passed legislation to raise the toll fine to $50, while other traffic fines were doubled.

Sen. Miguel Laureano presented Senate Bill 642 on Wednesday to again reduce Autoexpreso fines to $15, saying he does not consider the infraction a reckless action that endangers human life.

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