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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

It was the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority that asked for the fine drop.

Agency officials said doing so would produce a more positive customer experience, especially while trying to settle outstanding violations. Sounds reasonable to me.

Of course, OTA officials also hope the change will encourage more people to use Pikepass.

More than half a million people were Pikepass customers when the agency switched over to its window sticker program last summer.

The number continues to grow.

I notice when I'm on a turnpike, or when I simply drive near one, I can see a steady flow of traffic on the toll road. Whether it's a matter of bypassing stops and heavy in-town traffic, a faster and smoother route to a destination, or some other reason, our turnpikes are well-used.

Most anywhere transportation is discussed in Oklahoma, there are those who don't favor toll roads, or at a minimum complain that tolls are too high. That's an issue each driver has to determine on his or her own.

But if you're going to use the turnpikes, Pikepass should be a consideration. It certainly beats a penalty fee, even if it's a flat $25.

By the way...

There's nothing that says you have to drive a toll road. There are alternate routes. The choice is yours.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.


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