Draft Appeal to Pennsylvania
We received this week notice of a toll and fine incurred when we entered and exited the Pennsylvania turnpike during a recent trip out east. We wish to appeal this exorbitant and outrageous assessment ($75) which we were instructed in the letter that we can do without further penalty.
During our trip through Pennsylvania we encountered many tolls on the turnpike and dutifully paid for them all. We had not intended to use toll roads however on our return trip west as we were running low on our cash. However, when we drove off the expressway to find a cup of coffee, which we never did, our Garmin navigation device directed us onto the turnpike.
When we pulled up to the ticket booth, we discovered there was none, only lanes for EZ-Pass vehicles. As we're from Michigan which has no toll roads, we do not carry EZ-Pass. We felt, that since backing up on the turnpike might be dangerous, we had no choice but to exit at our next opportunity, which we did.
We could have tried to explain the situation to the toll collector at that exit but the turnpike was busy and I did not want to cause a traffic jam as we tried to explain what happened. I was also worried that we would be assessed the maximum toll which we could not have paid. If you have photographic evidence that we exited at that point, then you can verify similarly that we entered the turnpike at the junction directly to the south.
As senior citizens not accustomed to busy thoroughfares, we have missed tolls in the past and have paid the fine, toll or both but in Florida, Maryland and Illinois this only amounted to less than $20, not nearly the amount assessed by your state. We don't feel we were severely miscreant in our driving decisions given our circumstances. Since I believe our actions were prudent and understandable we're asking that the toll and fine be reduced or waived.
Sincerely . . .
P.S. I blame Garmin. See previous blog.