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Ohio Turnpike system fix heads off toll cheating

10:44 AM, Aug 18, 2012   |    comments
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BEREA, Ohio -- The Ohio Turnpike says it has solved an estimated $50,000-a-year scam involving truck drivers ducking part of their tolls.

Truckers were gaming automated fare machines to save up to $40 a trip across the 241-mile toll road.

Turnpike officials told The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland that the turnpike updated the toll-collecting system in July to deter the scam.

Under the scam, truckers claimed a toll card was lost, paid the full cross-state toll and used that card to later claim a short turnpike ride. Toll cards don't specify east or west travel.

Now a trucker must pay the full cross-state toll if his rig entered the turnpike many hours earlier. The actual time limit wasn't disclosed for security reasons.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com 

Associated Press

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