An amnesty program aimed at getting motorists to cough up tolls they owed for breezing through the booths on the Crescent City Connection brought in about $130,000 from 21,700 outstanding accounts, according to the state transportation department.
But that means about 247,000 violations, equivalent to nearly $500,000 in tolls, and millions of dollars in late fees will now be sent to the attorney general’s office for collection.
The amnesty program was put in place during the last legislative session as a way to get motorists to pay up what they owed in unpaid tolls. Those who settled their accounts before Oct. 1 had administrative and late fees waived.
The fees on the motorists who took advantage of the program added up to about $2.7 million, according to the department.
The money collected during the amnesty program will go toward upkeep and maintenance of the CCC, such as mowing and lighting.