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See How Some Drivers Are Going to Insane Lengths to Avoid Paying Tolls – and Why It's Costing One State Millions

“They’re tough to catch, especially when they’re so reckless out there..."

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Times are tough. Just ask the drivers who apparently went to some unusual lengths to avoid paying tolls in Florida – if you can find out who they are.

“They’re tough to catch, especially when they’re so reckless out there,” Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Louis Tejera said.

And tough to catch they are, especially when they're pulling these types of stunts:

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Here's one example, where a driver used to a shade to conceal the numbers and letters on the plate.

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Others were talented enough to cover their license plate with their hand by reaching behind their motorcycle.

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This person relied on a friend to sit in the trunk of the car to hide their identity.

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And for those whose arms just might not have been long enough, they used their legs.

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Perhaps the least dangerous way to avoid paying a toll is just to cover the license plate with a good old-fashioned piece of paper.

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You've always heard the saying, "Duct tape can be used for just about anything." Well...

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But of course there's always the classic trick of bending the license plate out of the view of the camera.

All told, state officials estimate Florida has lost out on about $36 million in unpaid tolls statewide. State authorities said commercial drivers are the worst because they keep their transponders hidden under the seat so they won’t get charged for tolls.

“So imagine if you have hundreds of truck drivers doing this, how much of a theft is going on, millions of dollars,” Tejera said.

According to WTJV-TV in Miami, drivers who fail to pay tolls can receive tickets for anywhere from $135-$150. And because they're moving violations, each occurrence can add points to your license and make the cost of your insurance increase.

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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