Question: I heard that WSU specialty plates the all-crimson ones arent registering on the toll cameras on the Narrows Bridge and the 520 Bridge in Seattle. Is this for real? Are Cougs getting a free ride?
Answer: Annie Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Transportation Department, says shes heard the rumor, but its not true.
We dont know of any issues that are preventing us from reading license plates on the bridge, Johnson said.
We had to ask: If they arent registering, how would anybody know?
The image-review process is both automated and manual, Johnson said. If the photo of the license plate cant be read by the optical reader (via the automated system) they are then reviewed by a human.
If the plate matches a valid Good To Go account, the toll is automatically deducted, Johnson said. If the license plate isnt listed on an account, the registered owner will be sent a toll bill approximately 14 days after crossing the bridge.
And say an upstanding Cougar crosses the bridge and never gets a bill?
If they dont get a toll bill after 14 days we encourage folks to call our customer service center, Johnson said. We can look into it for them.
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