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Sunday, May 30, 2004
Both have STYLES license plate

Associated Press

LEVITTOWN, Pa. -- Dozens of toll violation notices meant for Philadelphia Flyers center Jeremy Roenick were instead sent to a Pennsylvania man with a similar license plate.

Roenick's Mercedes, with the Arizona license plate STYLES, has generated dozens of E-ZPass violations. But the tickets were sent to George Styles Jr., who drives a Ford pickup with the Pennsylvania license plate STYLES, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.

Roenick said he discovered months ago his E-ZPass wasn't working properly. He said he alerted authorities, who told him to continue going through the toll booths and that the fee would be deducted from his account.

"We'll have to make sure we get it straightened out," Roenick told the newspaper.

Neil Abbott, Roenick's agent, said Roenick has been an E-ZPass customer for about three years, since moving to the area after leaving the Phoenix Coyotes.

Joe Orlando, a spokesman for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, told the paper that Arizona and Pennsylvania license plates look similar. The agency doesn't have a reciprocal agreement with Arizona, so officials assumed Style's license registration was the right address to send violation notices to.

The notices Styles has received will be dismissed, Orlando said.