NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of motorists eligible for an amnesty that waives fines and late fees for toll violations from the Crescent City Connection bridges have not applied for that program.
Only about 2 percent of violators have been approved for the amnesty, meaning about $16 million due in tolls and additional charges will go to the attorney general's office for collection when the amnesty offer expires Tuesday, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.
Between July 22 and Sept. 18, about 6,400 violators took advantage of the program, The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/18v7nSO ). They paid about $32,000 in tolls. The department waived $813,000 in fees and fines.
That left about 272,000 violators who owe about $574,000 in tolls and $15.6 million in additional fees and fines.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com