Illinois toll violators who don't want their names posted online had better pay up.
Illinois lawmakers hope that newly passed legislation, which allows them to publicly name drivers who owe more than $1,000 in tolls and fines, will deter motorists from failing to pay their dues.
The Illinois Tollway's "Super Scofflaws" listing, posted online Wednesday, lists 157 people who collectively owe $3.7 million in fines.
“If seeing your company’s name on this list becomes an incentive for you to pick up the phone and call us to settle your debt, then we’ve achieved our goal,’’ said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said in a statement. “Anything less would be unfair to the 98 percent of Tollway customers who pay their tolls on time.’’
Tollway officials and lawmakers were inspired by similar listings in Texas, New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority, for example, created a "Wall of Shame" for violators owing more than $50,000.
More than 1.4 million vehicles take the Illinois Tollway everyday, and Tollway officials said that tolls help to maintain and improve a corridor that receives no federal funding.
Most of the violators are trucking and transportation companies. On the top of Illinois' "Scofflaws" list is Landa Transport, a trucking company that owes more than $214,000.