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Toll violators get a clean slate

Between July 15 and August 15, 2013, South Bay Expressway drivers have a one-time opportunity to resolve outstanding violations at a steep discount by paying the cost of the toll, plus a reduced penalty—with the penalty per violation reduced from as much as $100 to as little as $20. SANDAG is offering the incentive for 30 days under its Clean Slate program, which takes effect Monday. 

An estimated 58,000 people have open South Bay Expressway violations. Failure to pay violations could result in a vehicle registration hold placed at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Motorists with DMV holds may be cited or fined by the California Highway Patrol for driving with an expired license plate. In addition to DMV holds, those with outstanding toll violations will be referred to a collections agency and may see the toll and penalty amounts deducted from their income tax refunds.

SANDAG has set up a website——specifically to process payments related to the Clean Slate program. Those who pay online or by mail can get a clean slate for $20 per violation plus the toll. The same discount applies to those who pay by phone or in person between July 15 and 17. 

From July 18 through August 15, those who pay by phone or in person will pay $25 per violation plus the toll. Customers can pay via phone by calling the Customer Service Center at (619) 661-7070, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or in person at the South Bay Expressway headquarters, 1129 La Media Road, San Diego, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

SANDAG acquired the lease to operate South Bay Expressway in December 2011 with the primary goal of improving mobility in South County by diverting traffic from Interstate 805 and local streets in Chula Vista.

South Bay Expressway stretches for 10 miles through eastern Chula Vista from State Route 905 near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to State Route 54 near the Sweetwater Reservoir. The highway provides quick and convenient travel choices between eastern Chula Vista, Downtown San Diego, East County, Sorrento Valley, I-8, I-15, Otay Mesa, and Mexico. Many major shopping, entertainment, recreational, and educational destinations, such as Otay Ranch Town Center, the Olympic Training Center, and Southwestern College are located off the highway.

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