Austin: Automatic license plate readers activated to find Central Texas toll violators

New automatic license plate readers were activated Sunday to find and fine habitual toll violators in Central Texas.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is cracking down on chronic violators — those who have racked up 100 or more unpaid toll charges in a year — not those who have missed a payment or two.

The license plate readers were installed in August on U.S. 183A and U.S. Highway 290. They will send a photo of a plate and GPS coordinates to law enforcement. Those who are caught could face a $500 fine and may have their car impounded.