Jo-Lee Manning thinks about her stepdad all the time. He died after a battle with lung cancer 20 years ago. But this week, she got something she never expected.
Manning picked up the mail and found a $5.62 ticket from the Florida Turnpike in her late stepfather's name. It was given out Jan. 15 of this year and came complete with pictures of a semi running through the toll booth near Miami.
"I was shocked my stepfather got a ticket," said Manning.
After a few calls, she thinks she figured out the problem. She thinks the machines may have misread the 8 from her stepfather's old plate, when it was really probably the letter B. But getting rid of the ticket wasn't as easy as a phone call.
"I tried to explain that he passed away in 1995. She says, 'Well he's still responsible, just like the ticket when he was alive,'" said Manning.
Manning said all she could do was laugh.
After being questioned, the Florida DOT said it reviews 300,000 images every day, and the rate of misreads is .007 percent.
"I believe they're more common than what they say," said Manning.
A representatitve for the Turnpike said they are looking into it now that we've sent them the information.