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Ambulance turnpike toll would end under Oklahoma bill

Ambulance turnpike toll would end under Oklahoma bill

NewsOK

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT

Published: February 12, 2010

Ambulances wouldn’t have to pay tolls on the state’s turnpikes when responding to emergencies or taking patients to or from hospitals under a bill approved Thursday by a House panel.

The tolls are a hardship, especially to rural ambulance services that are struggling financially, said Rep. George Faught, the author of House Bill 2533. The ambulance service in Muskogee paid $4,500 in tolls last year, he said.

The House Transportation Committee approved the measure 6-3. It now goes to the full House.

Faught, R-Muskogee, said talks are under way with the state Turnpike Authority about developing a policy of not charging tolls to ambulances that are in service... FULL ARTICLE

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