Share “Traffic Talk: Pikepass is more than a...”

Traffic Talk: Pikepass is more than a matter of convenience

Don Gammill: It's up to you as to whether you use Pikepass on Oklahoma turnpikes, but failing to pay toll results in a penalty for all violators.
by Don Gammill Published: April 30, 2012

OK. I'll admit it. I'm a Pikepasser. In all honesty, I'm glad I am.

I'll also admit I resisted Pikepass for quite some time. But family circumstances caused me to rethink that.

Pikepass has saved me a pretty fair share of time and money over the past couple of years. It's more than convenience when saving a few miles and minutes is important.

Like many others, I had an experience — or two ... OK, three — where I was an unintentional toll violator. As soon as possible, I contacted the Pikepass or Oklahoma Turnpike Authority offices to fess up and find out what I should do. I can report that the people I talked to were very friendly and very helpful.

I will say that mailing in a toll that was less than the cost of the stamp and the envelope was a bit odd, but if it saves me having to pay a fine, I can live with it. Even mailing was cheaper than a couple gallons of gas to drive to the office.

Not everyone went my route on squaring the debt. Some have found that it can cost them much more than I paid, especially if they've had more than one violation. By law, the penalty was $25 for the first violation, $50 for a second and $75 for a third.

Fine reduced

They got a little break, however, when the penalty dropped last week.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that cut the fine for second and beyond toll violations to a flat $25 fee.

So all those violators who had to fork over cash to pay their fines complained enough to get the law changed, right? Wrong.

Continue reading this story on the...

by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
+ show more

Trending Now


  1. 1
    Edmond Sun: Survey says 96 percent of Edmondites feel safe at home
  2. 2
    Wayward Galveston pit bull Blue homeward bound
  3. 3
    Washington Post: Deeply conservative Oklahoma adjusts to sudden arrival of same-sex marriage
  4. 4
    How to fall asleep (almost) instantly
  5. 5
    KFOR: Woman robbed outside of metro mall speaks about terrifying experience
+ show more