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Yesterday, the North Texas Tollway Authority announced that beginning January 2014, the Tollway Authority will ban the vehicles of habitual violators from its roadways.

The Tollway Authority says the ban will be used in conjunction with other enforcement efforts, including vehicle registration blocks.

Senate Bill 1792 defines habitual toll violators as those with 100 or more unpaid tolls and two notices of nonpayment within a one-year period.

Those who have been labeled as habitual violators may request a Justice of the Peace hearing to challenge their status.

Starting January 2014, a habitual violators who enters the tollway in violation of a vehicle ban, may be stopped by law enforcement and will be issued a Class C misdemeanor citation and will face a fine of up to $500.

If the habitual continues to use the tollway, his or her vehicle may be impounded until all outstanding tolls have been paid.

The Tollway Authority says automatic license plate readers will be installed on several DPS vehicles in December to help catch the habitual offenders.

Any NTTA customer who has a question about their outstanding tolls may call NTTA Customer Service at 972-818-6882.

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