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Title XIV ROADS AND WATERWAYS

Chapter 227

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  227.660.  Collection of user fees — notice of tolls — penalty — admissibility of reports and telephone calls — toll collection and traffic citation procedures. — 1.  The private partner may use any method for collecting and enforcing user fees for the use of the project which may include, but is* not limited to, toll tickets, barrier toll facilities, billing accounts, commuter passes, and electronic recording or identification devices.  The display of a recording or identification device issued or authorized by the private partner for such purposes on or near the windshield of a motor vehicle shall not be a violation of any law or rule in the state of Missouri unless the device is attached in a manner that obstructs the operator's clear view of the project.

  2.  The private partner operating the project as a toll facility shall post notice on or around such facility in the plain view of operators of motor vehicles using such facility which reads as follows:

"NOTICE:  FAILURE TO PAY THE REQUIRED TOLL IS A TRAFFIC VIOLATION.  TOLL BOOTH OPERATORS WILL REPORT ANY FAILURE TO PAY REQUIRED TOLLS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WHO WILL ISSUE A TRAFFIC CITATION.".

  3.  The owner of a motor vehicle involved in a violation for failure to pay the required toll is guilty of an infraction and upon conviction shall be required to pay the amount of the toll that was the subject of the violation which shall be remitted to the private partner and a fine in an amount not to exceed two hundred dollars.

  4.  A written report or telephone call from a toll enforcement officer, law enforcement officer, or photo monitoring system evidence that indicates a required toll was not paid is admissible in any proceeding to enforce this section, subject to foundation evidence to establish the authenticity of the report, call, or photographs.  Photo monitoring system evidence that shows the motor vehicle, whether operated by the owner or another operator, has failed to pay a toll shall raise a rebuttable presumption that the motor vehicle shown in the photographic evidence was used to commit a violation of this section.  If charges are filed against multiple owners of a motor vehicle, only one of the owners shall be convicted and court costs may be assessed against only one of the owners.  If the motor vehicle involved in the violation is registered in the name of a rental or leasing company and the vehicle is rented or leased to another person at the time of the violation, the rental or leasing company may rebut the presumption by providing law enforcement or the prosecuting authority with a copy of the rental or lease agreement in effect at the time of the violation.  No prosecuting authority shall bring any legal proceeding against a rental or leasing company under this section unless prior written notice of the violation has been given to such rental or leasing company by registered mail at the address appearing on the motor vehicle's registration and the rental or leasing company has failed to provide the rental or leasing agreement copy within fifteen days of receipt of such notice.

  5.  The following procedures shall be taken for the enforcement of toll collections and issuance of traffic citations under this section:

  (1)  Any toll booth operator witnessing a failure to pay a required toll in violation of this section shall report such violation to a law enforcement officer or agency.  The report may be in one of the following forms:

  (a)  A telephone call from a toll enforcement officer to a law enforcement agency indicating a violation and a reasonable description of the motor vehicle violating the toll enforcement provisions of this section, including but not limited to the license plate number, make, model, and color of the motor vehicle;

  (b)  A certificate or a written report sworn to or affirmed by a toll enforcement officer, agent, private partner, Missouri state highway patrol officer, city police officer, or a sheriff's department deputy which alleges that a violation of this section occurred, or a facsimile thereof, based upon inspection of photographs, microphotographs, videotape, or other recorded images produced by a photo monitoring system or a photograph from a photo monitoring system shall be prima facie evidence of the facts contained therein, subject to foundation evidence to establish the authenticity of such photographs, microphotographs, videotape, or other recorded images produced by a photo monitoring system, and shall be admissible in any proceeding charging a violation of the toll collection provisions in this section; provided that, any photographs, microphotographs, videotape, or other recorded images evidencing such a violation shall be available for inspection and admission into evidence in any proceeding to adjudicate the liability for such violation;

  (2)  After a report has been provided to a Missouri law enforcement agency, such agency is authorized to issue a traffic citation for failure to pay the required toll;

  (3)  The law enforcement agency responsible for the issuance of a traffic citation for failure to pay a toll is responsible for prosecution of such citation.  

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The provisions of this section shall not prohibit a law enforcement officer from issuing a citation for a violation of any other traffic laws and regulations on the project.

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(L. 2006 H.B. 1380)

*Word "are" appears in original rolls.


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