Out-of-state drivers rack up more than $43M in unpaid tolls, fines

A joint legislative committee in Annapolis learned Wednesday that out-of-state drivers have racked up more than $43 million in unpaid tolls and fines.

The problem is the state doesn’t have a mechanism in place to go after those offenders.

According to transportation officials, the millions of out-of-state drivers are racking up is money that could go to road and bridge repair and paying for highway services like helping drivers who run out of gas.

Maryland transportation officials currently rely on the honor system to collect tolls and fees from out-of-state drivers, but that approach has saddled the state with millions in unpaid violations.

Drivers who pay tolls are furious their neighbors are getting away with it.