|The toll road authority says this photo shows my Royal Enfield.|
My Enfield is too slow for the super slab. We stick to the side streets.
So I know it wasn't my motorcycle that is pictured roaring through a toll booth on the Turnpike the night of Jan. 14.
My Enfield was safely in the garage that night. But Florida's Toll-by-Plate system thinks the picture shows a motorcycle with license plate 68842L racking up a $3.50 toll charge.
That's not the number on my Enfield now, but it is the number my Enfield used to wear before it was issued a new license plate, customary every few years in Florida.
Motorcycle plates are small. It's a miracle that the toll road authorities think they can get a clear photo of one moving through a toll booth, at speed, in the dark. My guess is that, in this case, they didn't. The offending motorcycle probably had a similar, but not identical number.
They've got the wrong guy. I'm innocent! But if I don't pay, in full, the toll charge turns into a traffic citation and I become a law breaker.
And it's not the first time this has happened. Last time it was one of my cars, charged a toll on a road I've never traveled. In that case, the photo clearly showed the error and the customer service person who answered the phone let me off the hook.
Not this time: the clerk admitted that she couldn't read the license number in the photo but she obviously still considered me guilty. There would be an investigation, she said.
For now, at least, I am an Outlaw Biker — or, at least, my license plate is.