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Camera Enforcement Begins On All Garden State Parkway Toll Lanes

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A sign indicating toll enforcement on the Garden State Parkway - Oct 17, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

A sign indicating toll enforcement on the Garden State Parkway – Oct 17, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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MONTVALE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - If you think you can use amusement tokens, a fistful or pennies, or some other trick to cheat your way through a Garden State Parkway cash lane, think again!

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane In New Jersey

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has stepped up enforcement, activating cameras at all 84 exact change cash lanes and reassigning toll enforcement officers.

If you speed through without paying, you can expect a $50 fine to arrive in your mailbox.

Bill Young was among those in Montvale applauding the new enforcement.

“I’m a fan of E-ZPass,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane. “Go on a long trip with no money in my pocket.”

A toll enforcement officer said people have actually thrown in Chuck E. Cheese’s tokens and one woman who was spotted in conversation as she drove up to the booth, got nervous and threw in her phone.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports some drivers have concerns

Officials say that envelopes set aside for drivers without money or an E-ZPass tag to mail in payments brought in only $28,000 last year.

The cash cheats cost the parkway $4 million.

Do you think it is time for all local toll roads to ditch the cash option all together? Sound off in the comments section below!

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