Time was, avoiding highway tolls in Maryland required nothing more than driving through the E-ZPass lane without a transponder. Then you just had to not freak out when the fines started coming in the mail and remind yourself that the state doesn’t suspend registrations and toll debt doesn’t figure into your credit score. Ah, the good old days.

But on July 1, the rules changed. Now, fans of the “invisible” E-ZPass will have 30 days to pay their toll, after which a real $50 fine will be levied. Eventually, their registration could be suspended and the fine turned over to a group with the power to actually collect.

Not only that, but debts accrued during the previous Golden Age of Toll Evasion will have to be settled by early October to avoid penalties. My heart goes out to you repeat offenders. Yikes!