Toll Agency Says Good Christian Bitches Author Kim Gatlin Owes Them $16,000

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The part about Texas socialites cheating the local transit agency was too racy for the final print.

As promised, the North Texas Tollway Authority published a list of all drivers with 100 or more unpaid tolls, and it's a long one. Some 25,000-plus people owe the agency a total of $12.5 million.

NTTA is billing the posting as a convenient resource for drivers to check and see if they owe any money and if a civil lawsuit might be coming their way. Take Amber Young. I'm sure she had no idea that she had made 8,366 trips down the tollway without paying and owes $179,596.43. One thing the list absolutely is not, the agency swears, is an attempt to publicly shame Young and her fellow scofflaws.

Maybe, maybe not. Doesn't really matter, because Unfair Park will pick up the slack. Public shame is our bread and butter. So, while those nice big numbers mentioned above are interesting and all, we wanted to know one thing: Which local luminaries are too important/douchey to pay their tolls like the rest of us?

I spot checked a few names as they came to mind -- Mike Rawlings, Jerry Jones, John Wiley Price -- but I got nothing, and I quickly realized it would take me hours to search for every famous person in Dallas. So instead I just plugged in the Park Cities ZIP code, figuring that's where I'd find the most egregious violators. It didn't take long to stumble across the name of Kim Gatlin, author of Good Christian Bitches and godmother of the short-lived TV series GCB.

Maybe she was distraught over the cancellation of the show and the slow ebb of her fame and could cope with the sorrow only by hitting the open road. And maybe, on 1,378 occasions, she mistook the Dallas North Tollway for said open road and maybe just forgot she owed $16,123.39 in tolls and fees. But that was mere speculation.

"I had no idea," she told me when I gave her the figures yesterday over the phone. She had returned my message only a few minutes after I left it and said she was already on her way to NTTA's headquarters to figure out what had happened. "I would have never expected to see my name in something like this."

About two years ago, Gatlin sold her white Lexus SUV to a friend, keeping the registration in her name while the friend paid in installments. And, as Gatlin said she realized yesterday, she had also left her toll tag in the car, never expecting that the friend would take the tollway so often.

"When I get something from NTTA, I would just give it to them," she said.

Gatlin called back after her visit to the NTTA headquarters and said she plans to file a vehicle transfer that, she was told, can be made retroactive and will transfer the debt to the friend. She felt bad about it, but $16,000 is a bit ridiculous.

She promised to pass along a copy of the transfer once it's filed.

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SunsetNTTA
SunsetNTTA

Time to tell the NTTA and others like it that crony capitalism is not welcome in the state of Texas... www.facebook.com/SunsetTheNtta

NoYouDon't
NoYouDon't

Eric, Please break the $12.5 million down to tolls and fees. The fees are hugely disproportionate, especially if the driver was never billed. I received a first notice bill for $6 that included another $8 in fees. I already have a TollTag, so they should have deducted from my account. I checked my account history against the new bill and found the new $6 charges were already taken from my TollTag. I was being double billed. How much of that is going on? There is much mismanagement at NTTA.

Brittany Whittier
Brittany Whittier

What a pretentious sob you are. Truly disgusting that you ASSume that all people who ride the Dart don't pay their taxes. Whether you actually have money or not, you're nothing special. 

Ron34324
Ron34324

 Then drive your fat ass on a non toll road.

Jimmy354
Jimmy354

If you work with NTTA they will work with you and almost always offer a settlement which is a fraction of the fine/toll seen on the list. The only way a person would pay the full amount is if they went to a criminal jury trial and lost....which would be extremely rare. Lesson #1, if you sell a car...remove the freaking toll tag and license plates. Lesson #1, if you move then you need to update your mailing address with NTTA, its a state law, yet so many idiots fail to do this simple task. Who knew there were so many morons who cant understand how a toll road works.

JS
JS

Why is Kansas still charging me $6 to drive through there on I-35 then? I hate Kansas.

Bjprie
Bjprie

The tolls are too high anyway.  It costs about $9.00 tovisit a friend from east Dallas to Frisco.

Gat2keeponmovin
Gat2keeponmovin

Really? Do we really need to go over the fact that most people pay no income tax? Or the EIC, section 8, wic, food stamps, and welfare they receive while paying no income tax? You think you're average DART riding Obama voter actually even files a tax return? Most of them can't even figure out how soap and water work.  Or how about the Obama voters hanging out in the parking lot of Home Depot every day.. I bet they claim their pesos too right?

Julie
Julie

If the car in question is a white Lexus SUV - she has been driving it for much longer than the past two years not a "friend" she "sold" it to.  She almost ran me over on Preston Road recently in that car.  Doesn't pay tolls and SPEEDS.

Gat2keeponmovin
Gat2keeponmovin

I will worry about her paying or not paying sales tax to the state when Obama voters actually pay their fare share of taxes.

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

Like Paul said. If you sell a car and that VIN comes up with violations, they automatically go to the last registered owner. If the buyer doesn't register the vehicle, with or without plates, YOU are on the hook unless you can legally prove that you sold it. In my case, fortunately I still retained a valid bill of sale along with the name, address and phone number of the guy that bought it so I was able to prove to their satisfaction that I wasn't the responsible party. And maybe you don't have to leave the tags on the car, but it was my first TX. auto sales transaction and it was someone that I was acquainted with pretty well whom I assumed would make the transfer. I won't make that mistake twice.  

Gat2keeponmovin
Gat2keeponmovin

LOL. Did I say I didn't want to pay? It's hardly my fault the NTTA obfuscates paying for their service as much as possible. I get paid for results not hourly or salary by the government like Obama voters. I was working until 2am. What were you doing?

Gat2keeponmovin
Gat2keeponmovin

Since when does the city receive sales tax from vehicle sales?

Dan19ley
Dan19ley

You'll get a bill once you've used the tolls enough.  I can't remember, it's something like 5 or 10 times before you'll get billed for all of them.  

Texpwr11
Texpwr11

 you are billed after 3 times

Ed D.
Ed D.

If what you're really after is upscale addresses, Preston Hollow is a fair candidate.

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