Traffic on the Intercounty Connector from the Needwood Road overpass at 5:40 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2011 in Rockville. Commuters pay a toll to use the highway.  (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

You know who you are.

Maybe you forgot or maybe you meant to or maybe you just didn’t want to.

According to state officials in Maryland, there are approximately 164,500 of you out there — vehicle owners who have not paid your tolls.

Shame on you.

But shame doesn’t necessarily get people to pay up, so officials are offering something else —  a one-month amnesty period in which toll scofflaws can settle their tabs without having to pay the $50 penalty. The window will open Oct. 16 and close Nov. 16.

Over the next few days, the Maryland Transportation Authority will begin sending letters to toll violators.

“Before we begin referring toll violators to the Motor Vehicle Administration  for flagging and suspending vehicle registrations, we wanted to give them one last chance to pay off their debt with the added incentive of waiving civil penalties,” Milt Chaffee, executive director of the MDTA, said in a news release announcing the program. “This unique waiver program will happen only once.”

If you want to settle up, the department offers the following ways:

  • Visit ezpassmd.com (click PAY VIDEO TOLLS).
  • Mail check/money order payable to E-ZPass Maryland to P.O. Box 17600, Baltimore, MD 21297 (include license plate number with payment).
  • Call the Maryland Video Toll Payment Line at 1-866-320-9995 during regular business hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday).
  • Visit an E-ZPass Maryland Stop-In Center 

Added Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn: “If you have unpaid tolls, now is the time to take action and pay up to put your account in good standing.”