- Associated Press - Sunday, April 26, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is about to begin installing cameras in all toll lanes in the turnpike system.

Transportation officials say work will begin April 27 and should wrap up by mid-May.

Cameras already are operating in all dedicated E-Z Pass lanes and open road tolling lanes.

The cameras will take images of license plates of drivers who are evading toll payment, and others requesting a “no funds” payment slip.

Customers who pay, and all exempt vehicles, will have the images of their license plates deleted within three seconds of the transaction.

For those drivers who don’t pay tolls, the department will obtain address information on the vehicle owner based on the license plate image and mail the owner of the vehicle a bill that includes a $1.00 processing fee. Payment will be due in 30 days.

Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton said the new cameras will be installed in the manned cash lanes at a cost of about $500,000. He said the turnpike system processed over 111 million toll transactions and collected nearly $118 million in toll revenue in Fiscal Year 2014.

He said that, in 2014, DOT, issued “no funds” slips totaling over $128,000 and collected only 37 percent of the toll debt owed.

“Toll evasion on the New Hampshire Turnpike System is very low,” Boynton said. “This will virtually eliminate the possibility and keep everyone honest.”

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