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According to the Associated Press, the records used for the collection of tolls by the E-Z Pass and other systems similar to TollTags are often used in divorce cases to imply infidelity throughout the Northeast and Midwestern states.
However, according to Texas divorce attorneys and transportation officials, this practice is not commonly used in the lone star state.
Texas Divorces Differ
Divorce cases in Texas reportedly differ from those in other parts of the country for two main reasons:
“Adultery in Texas is not nearly as important an issue in most divorces as it once was,” explains Sheldon Goldstein, a practicing family-law attorney from Dallas. “In New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York, there’s a lot more attention placed on it.”
Confidentiality Is An Important Factor
If the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) receives a subpoena, the Texas Department of Transportation would be required to ask the state attorney general for a protective order to withhold information for privacy reasons.
“The images are considered confidential, just as employee or medical records,” says spokeswoman for the NTTA, Gaby Garcia. “It’s not a matter of what they’re going to be used for.”
Earlier this year a state law went into effect allowing the Texas Department of Transportation to share their records with the law enforcement for criminal investigations.
(Source: Dallas News)
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