It’s not like I can dispute the charge. I vaguely remember driving on that road that night. I specifically avoid that road nowadays. When I drove on the road I saw the signs warning me to pay the tolls or else but there are no toll booths. I remember thinking, oh no, I must have missed the toll booths — all of them.
When I got home I tried to find a web site to gather more information. The number one hit on Google takes you to an Oracle App Server page (https://csc.ntta.org). Its convenient of them to display their administrative username right on the web site like that. It is a real help to hackers. It is also helpful to know exactly what release of the Oracle Application 10g Release 3 they are running: 10.1.3 with J2EE 1.4. Nice. I wonder if CSC is involved in this project. Actually CSC means Customer Service Center. But come on guys, put a redirect link or a static page in the root of your web server.
Eventually I made it to http://ntta.org and found their web site. On the invoice I received in the mail it told me how much money I could have saved if I had a TollTag. Curious I wanted to see if I could get a TollTag and save some money. To tell the truth I actually got two invoices in the mail today. The other one was for my wife’s car for committing the same infractions of driving to Lewisville. We’ve learned our lessons. So I am looking for a simple way to pay these fines and perhaps get my own transmitter beacon to aid the NTTA to more easily charge my credit card. From what I can tell there are three problems with my plan: 1) you cannot use a new TollTag to pay a past transgression 2) The TollTags are prepaid you hopefully you have an idea how much you are going to spend — I’m not sure how long those prepaid credits last. And 3) The TollTags are not transferrable from vehicle to vehicle. So I would have to buy 2-3 of these.
Bottom line is it makes no sense for me to buy a TollTag. I have paid my debt to the private corporation that now controls the taxpayer-built State Highway. I do not plan to use that road again (unless there is traffic on every other road). And I would think really long and hard about doing any financial transactions on a web site configured so poorly. Then again, it would be easy to verify that the system versions were current.