Habitual Toll Evader Arrested at Delaware Memorial Bridge Toll Plaza
New Jersey Resident’s Fees and Tolls Total More than $5,000
(New Castle, DE) On Saturday, August 2, 2014, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Police dispatch received an Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) notification that a vehicle associated with multiple counts of toll evasion was traveling across the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Pfc. Neal Strauss located the vehicle at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon near the Delaware Memorial Bridge Toll Plaza and arrested Mary Shiveler, 39, of West Deptford, New Jersey on multiple counts of toll evasion.
“It is the responsibility of every motorist to obey the laws of the highway - which include paying tolls where required,” remarked Colonel Richard Arroyo, Police Administrator for the DRBA. “Even at the height of the summer travel season, we will continue to work with law enforcement agencies in the region to crack down on habitual toll violators. The public should expect to see more arrests in the future.”
Arroyo noted that Ms. Shiveler received and ignored repeated written notices for each toll evasion violation. “Motorists who have received a notice of violation are encouraged to follow the instructions on that notice to promptly resolve the matter or risk arrest and prosecution for failure to do so,” Arroyo said. He urged anyone with a violation notice to call the E-ZPass Customer Service Center at 866-205-4000 or at www.ezpassnj.com.
Tolls and fees associated with Ms. Shiveler’s violations total more than $5,000. The defendant was processed, arraigned and released on $1000.00 unsecured bail.
The DRBA works closely with other toll facilities and law enforcement agencies in NJ, DE, PA and MD, to identify and prosecute habitual toll offenders.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers – two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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