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At Georgia Toll Booth, You Can No Longer ‘Pay It Forward’

Some drivers complained that toll-takers were pocketing the money


crowdedhighwayFor the past two decades, driver’s who pass through the Georgia 400 toll plaza have been able to pay for the car behind them. But no more.

Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority has changed its rules and toll takers will no longer accept an addition 50 cents meant to pay for other drivers. The practice had been become a tradition, but recently some drivers had complained that the money left to pay for the car behind them might actually be ending up in the pockets of toll-takers, the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes.

Glancing in their rear view mirrors, the drivers did not see toll-takers depositing coins in the basket as the next car moved through the booth. A number of complaints were received, leading to the policy shift. “We had repeat incidences of customers not believing that their pay-it-forward gesture was actually making it forward,” an Tollway Authority spokesperson told the Journal Constitution.

The road tolls, which generate $20 million in revenue for the state, were scheduled to end in 2011, but were extended by the governor to pay for other road projects. They are schedule to expire for good on November 21, 2013.

Many states are moving away from cash payments for road tolls in favor of electronic billing systems.

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