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Violations surge after toll roads end cash option

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The number of daily violations on Orange County toll roads has nearly doubled since the move last month to a cashless system.

As a result, toll road officials are easing the transition for commuters and waiving a $57.50 penalty fee for first-time violators through Labor Day _ provided the toll is paid within 30 days.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that (http://lat.ms/1nLS5PA) the Transportation Corridor Agencies say there have been more than 13,000 violations a day since tollbooths were closed down in mid-May. Previously there were about 7,000 daily violations.

Under the cashless system, motorists without new transponders are supposed to pay one-time tolls online within 48 hours of their trip or be hit with a penalty.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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