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EZ Pass Tracking
#1
One of my favorite spots is at a rest stop on the Highway. But I'm always anticipating that one day that I think I have cash.. and I don't.. because usually, that Highway is the only reason I have some change.. to pay the toll... 
I considered getting EZ PASS... but my concern with the EZ PASS is that they'll see that 5 nights out of 7, I'm spending the night at various Rest Stops on that highway. 
Of course, even without EZ PASS they know my plates.. but since EZ pass keeps and records more detailed information to be invoiced to the driver, I'm wondering if I won't be so un-noticeable via the big eye in the sky by getting EZ Pass staying local. 

Anyone have any ideas about being able to stay anonymous and stealthy this way?

Thanks,
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#2
AFAIK, EZ pass only tells them if and when you've passed through a toll booth. So I'm not sure what you're concern is.  Is this rest stop on a toll highway where the EZ pass records would tell them when you got on the highway and when you got off?
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#3
I understand what you are saying and what your concerns are.

I do very little stealth parking at night, particularly in mid to large size cities. Also, I consider traveling "cheap" to be just another way to outfox "the man."

My overnighting 95% of the time is in a predictable and controlled location, as these types of places are where I am most at ease. May I suggest you try Walmarts and truck stops (and recently Menards). Been doing it ten years and have never had a bad experience.

Just my opinion. . .
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Shift Chick (11-20-2017)
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"They" are not tracking your movements with E-ZPass.

Only when you go through the toll, and no one (human or AI) looks at the records stored unless you or your vehicle are specifically targeted in an active investigation.

No one minds your sleeping in the rest stops. If a trooper knocks your window for some reason, as long as the interaction remains routine, he won't be putting in a request for a report on you from Port Authority.

Rest easy man. . .
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frater secessus (08-24-2017)
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I agree with John61CT.  I doubt they would go to the trouble; too much computer time spent for little return.

IMO if they did sort vehicles that do not travel through in a set period of time, they would be doing it by license plate number not EZ pass info, so that would include cash tolls.

 -- Spiff
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(08-24-2017, 08:56 AM)speedhighway46 Wrote: May I suggest you try Walmarts and truck stops (and recently Menards).

I do these also.. There are actually a handful of Walmarts to choose from in this area.  
I just like the rest stops best because they seem safest. 
I did a truck stop once.. but.. I dunno, didn't get good vibes...
I'll try it again soon....
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Thanks folks! I'm still mathing to see if it's worth it... They require a minimum $20 per month in tolls to get EZ Pass, Really the annoying part is when trying to get back off or on the highway and there's only one cash line open and I have to jump over 4 lanes to get there...
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Entry and Exit times using a transponder as well as license plate OCR scanning records are all stored electronically in a database, for billing and auditing.

If your time on the toll road from entry point to exit point exceeds a certain time, then it may get flagged as suspicious, due to the fact that they need to be sure that the transponder is being read and not being used by others, or defective in some way.

Having said that, if you have the same number of entries and exits, and the time frames are reasonable, you will probably never hear from them.

Just FYI: Those toll records can be used for truckers DOT hours-of-service roadside (and routine on-premises) audits, as well as criminal investigations involving fleeing vehicles or whatever, so yes....records along the toll roads are more or less permanent.

So...if you want to leave less noticeable tracks, use cold hard cash!
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(08-24-2017, 09:58 AM)ArmorAbby Wrote: Thanks folks! I'm still mathing to see if it's worth it... They require a minimum $20 per month in tolls to get EZ Pass, Really the annoying part is when trying to get back off or on the highway and there's only one cash line open and I have to jump over 4 lanes to get there...
We aren't charged $20 per month in tolls for the EZPass.  Why do you think that?  There is a deposit when you get the EZPass.  I am in NYState, are you in a different state?
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There are roadside radios set up to interrogate transponders that are nowhere near toll roads.  I have only seen non toll interrogators on interstate highways.  I can't guess why they would do that.  

Toll prices with the transponder may be less than cash.  There are two that I often drive by that are $.87 by transponder and $1.00 in cash.  I have a transponder to save money and avoid the cash line when the line is long.  Sometimes I roll it up in my tinfoil hat when I would rather pay cash.  Tracking is not an option.  They have license plate readers at all the toll locations in Florida.  New Jersey may spend their tax money differently.
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