FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STICKERS SURRENDER TO ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION

FORT MYERS , FL, January 12, 1998 10:00 p.m. -- Saturday, January 31st will mark the end of the AVI sticker toll system. The sticker readers will be turned off at 10:00 Saturday night January 31st and the LeeWay system will continue to collect tolls as it has done for the past nine weeks. The obsolete sticker system has been replaced with LeeWay, the new electronic toll collection system that allows patrons to have their tolls automatically deducted from prepaid accounts as they pass through the toll plazas. The transition to LeeWay has occurred over the last three and a half months during which the LeeWay Service Center has distributed over 41,000 transponders. TheLeeWay Service Center is completely caught up and is now process applications in a timely maner. The implementation of electronic toll collection is the first phase of the Variable Pricing Project which will institute half price tolls during select off peak hours beginning in the second quarter of this year. The Variable Pricing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. The half price tolls are only available to those toll patrons who have a transponder and have set up a prepaid account. Many motorists with transponders and prepaid accounts have been surprised by having their tolls deducted automatically on bridges for which they did not purchase discounts. The transponder has the capability to determine the correct fare for all Lee County bridges and patrons with prepaid accounts will find the toll is automatically deducted electronically every time they enter a toll plaza on any of the three toll bridges, whether the toll is the discounted $.50 or the full fare ($1.00 or $3.00). All motorists are reminded that they signed an agreement consenting to permanently affix their transponders. Any motorist who has not attached their transponder to the vehicle to which it is licensed, should permanently affix the transponder immediately. It is recommended that motorists read all information issued with the transponder to be sure they understand where to install the transponder, or they can call the service center for proper mounting information. Vehicles seen traveling through the toll plazas with unmounted transponders will be required to affix the transponder before they leave the toll plaza. The LeeWay and toll employees will soon begin strict enforcement of the license agreement terms and therefore anyone experiencing any malfunctions or something unexpected should seek assistance at the test lane. The Center has a test lane for drivers who have questions on installation or are unsure if their transponders are working properly. This lane was set up to help identify those vehicles with metal oxide, a component manufactured into some windshields that prevents the transponders from transmitting. There are various ways to work around this type of windshield, and there are customer service representatives at the test lane to help install the transponders in a location that will allow the transponder to function properly. The test lane is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Anyone who has questions is encouraged to call the service center to speak with a customer service representative or to visit the test lane.