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Cabbie Accused of Avoiding 3,000 Bridge Tolls by Tailgating Car in Front of Him
NBC New York ^ | April 17, 2014

Posted on 04/20/2014 11:32:10 AM PDT by EveningStar

A New York City taxi driver is accused of avoiding bridge tolls more than 3,000 times in two years by tailgating cars in front of him and slipping through the tollbooth before the barrier came down, prosecutors said Thursday.

The 69-year-old driver, Rodolfo Sanchez, is charged with third-degree larceny, theft of services and fifth-degree possession of stolen property, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bridgetolls; newyork; taxi; tollbridge

1 posted on 04/20/2014 11:32:10 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Will an armed Port Authority task force show up to collect the toll fees?


2 posted on 04/20/2014 11:33:46 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: EveningStar

Cheap and dangerous. What a combination.


3 posted on 04/20/2014 11:33:49 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: EveningStar

Hahahaha! He was “thinking outside the box” like we always tell people to do.


4 posted on 04/20/2014 11:34:06 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: EveningStar

The real highway robbery thieves are the govt bridge toll companies themselves. They make a massive amount of money off bridge tolls. And the toll prices keep going up not insignificantly.

Part of me likes the guy’s thinking.


5 posted on 04/20/2014 11:35:11 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: CaptainK

If it’s a Queens DA involved in the case, it sounds like the tolls he evaded were at crossings owned by MTA Bridges & Tunnels, not the Port Authority.


6 posted on 04/20/2014 11:40:04 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yeah, but the problem is that there are plenty of “free” bridges he could have used and he wouldn’t have had to pay a dime in tolls.


7 posted on 04/20/2014 11:41:04 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Secret Agent Man
The toll prices go up not insignificantly

With EZPass, we drivers don't even notice it anymore. Paying those tolls is just a cumulative total that appears on the credit card bill each month. I wouldn't even know how to contest it if it's wrong.

8 posted on 04/20/2014 11:42:47 AM PDT by grania
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To: EveningStar

It took more than 3,000 times to catch him. Who says the government is inefficient?


9 posted on 04/20/2014 11:42:51 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Something else to consider is that I believe NYC has a toll surcharge for cab fares. This guy may have been charging his passengers for the tolls and then keeping the money for himself.


10 posted on 04/20/2014 11:43:12 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Secret Agent Man

Part of me wonders if he was still charging his passengers the tolls that he wasn’t paying as part of their fare.

I would not put that past a cabbie at all.


11 posted on 04/20/2014 11:44:17 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Alberta's Child

I thought all bridges in and out of nyc were toll bridges.

How does it work with cabs? I mean if you wind up having to go a long way out of the way the passenger would complain he’s trying to jack up the fare. If you take a toll bridge with a passenger I’d assume the passenger pays the toll fare as part of the overall fare cost.

Or did he only do this without passengers, coming in and leaving nyc?


12 posted on 04/20/2014 11:44:17 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yes- the tolls are typically tacked onto the fare.

Unless the driver is offering a flat rate to/from a certain destination (ie: an airport)


13 posted on 04/20/2014 11:45:07 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Veggie Todd
Usually it takes several thousand offenses before it's even worth the prosecutor's time to make a case against you.

You see this every now and then in New Jersey with toll scofflaws on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike. Every now and then there will be a news story about the state cracking down on toll scofflaws, and invariably there isn't a single person or company (companies with fleets of limousines or delivery vehicles are usually among the worst offenders) with less than $10,000 in unpaid tolls among the targets.

14 posted on 04/20/2014 11:46:03 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: grania

that’s exactly why they like ez-pass. and when rates go up you won’t really know that either. until it’s too late. won’t know if it’s a potential overcharge or rate increase. how to contest anything? almost impossible.


15 posted on 04/20/2014 11:46:18 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Alberta's Child

how do they know this guy did this several thousand times? from the license plate?

ifthey knew that they could just go after his business bank accounts. they do this for other people for far, far less.


16 posted on 04/20/2014 11:47:45 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Will an armed Port Authority MTA task force show up to collect the toll fees?
17 posted on 04/20/2014 11:49:03 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

All bridges into NYC from New Jersey are toll bridges, and the MTA collects tolls on the major bridges and tunnels between the boroughs. But if you look at a map of New York City you’ll find plenty of bridges serving local streets where no tolls are collected. The Brooklyn Bridge, for example, has no toll. Neither does the Manhattan Bridge or the Williamsburg Bridge. Most of the bridges between Manhattan and the Bronx have no tolls, either.


18 posted on 04/20/2014 11:49:21 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Secret Agent Man

Article says he had an inactive EzPass, and they simply tacked on to the charges every reading of the EzPass where the pass didn’t pay the toll. Looks like they only have video evidence of a couple times crossing without paying. I’m guessing that there are lanes for EzPass and for paying cash, and the paying cash doesn’t scan the EzPass. Otherwise this case is going to fall apart.


19 posted on 04/20/2014 11:49:46 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: EveningStar

Just avoiding the tolls Americans won’t avoid.


20 posted on 04/20/2014 11:51:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Secret Agent Man

The 59th Street Bridge isn’t tolled. I think the same goes for the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges.


21 posted on 04/20/2014 11:51:37 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

According to the story at the link, they caught him once and then went back looking over months and years of video tapes from the toll system. They probably found a pattern in his offenses and zeroed right in on the time of day and days of the week when he was a “regular” at the RFK Bridge.


22 posted on 04/20/2014 11:52:01 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

So basically any bridge connecting to another state is toll. I know the bronx is part of NYS.


23 posted on 04/20/2014 11:56:34 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
1. Any bridge/tunnel connecting NYC to New Jersey has a toll.

2. Major bridges/tunnels within the five boroughs have tolls on them. These include the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (Staten Island/Brooklyn), the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (Brooklyn/Manhattan), the Queens Midtown Tunnel (Queens/Manhattan), the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges (Queens/Manhattan), the Henry Hudson Bridge (Manhattan/Bronx), etc.

24 posted on 04/20/2014 11:59:09 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

thanks. it sounds like the majority of ways of or onto manhattan are toll bridges. a few non-toll bridges, but way more of them are toll bridges.


25 posted on 04/20/2014 12:01:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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26 posted on 04/20/2014 12:04:17 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: EveningStar

“The Scofflaw”;)


27 posted on 04/20/2014 12:05:54 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: Secret Agent Man
It's probably close to a 50-50 split. There are a lot of small bridges along the Harlem River that you never hear about, and most of them have no toll. Here's a list of all the bridges over the Harlem River, which separates Manhattan from the Bronx:

RFK Bridge (TOLL)
Willis Avenue Bridge
Third Avenue Bridge
Madison Avenue Bridge
145th Street Bridge
Macombs Dam Bridge
High Bridge (currently closed for repairs)
Alexander Hamilton Bridge (no toll, but carries I-95 which has a toll at the Bronx/Connecticut border and on the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey)
Washington Bridge
University Heights Bridge
Broadway Bridge
Henry Hudson Bridge (TOLL)

28 posted on 04/20/2014 12:08:03 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

but are some of the non-toll ones in bad parts of town? like bad enough you’d rather take a toll bridge because it’d be significantly safer?


29 posted on 04/20/2014 12:08:57 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: EveningStar

Tolls? If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying!


30 posted on 04/20/2014 1:21:33 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: Secret Agent Man

East River bridges are toll free, not the Triborough or Throgs Neck or Verrazano Narrows, and not the tunnels. Toll roads are often shorter or faster.

Passengers pay the tolls.

Cabbies often “deadhead” in from LAG or JFK, and always from Newark, where they do not have a license to operate. Often the Triboro will save time.


31 posted on 04/20/2014 2:24:34 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Hahahaha! He was “thinking outside the box” like we always tell people to do."

Does it have to be a box? :D
32 posted on 04/20/2014 6:54:56 PM PDT by Gigantor (The Fundamentally Transformed States of America)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Some of them are in bad parts of town, but those areas weren’t necessarily bad when the bridges were built. I suspect one big determining factor was that the non-toll bridges connect local streets instead of major roads, so there really wasn’t any room to build toll facilities.


33 posted on 04/21/2014 5:41:03 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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