Toll Charges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will not charge the Oklahoma City Fire Department for nearly $9,000 worth of citations from fire trucks that failed to pay toll fees while using turnpikes during non-emergency situations.

Authority spokesman Jack Damrill says the citations covering a period from June 5 to Aug. 20 appeared to result from a new automated violation notice system. Before June 5, the fire department had never received any violations.

Fire trucks may use the toll roads at no charge if they are en route to an emergency.

Battalion chief Brian Stanaland says the department encourages firefighters to use the turnpikes in emergency situations if the turnpikes are the best way to get to the scene. But he says responding vehicles should also find alternate routes back to the station if they exist.
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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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