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More troopers for Oklahoma roads; toll exemption for emergency vehicles

More troopers for Oklahoma roads; toll exemption for emergency vehicles

Land Line Magazine

By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

February 22, 2010

Truckers traveling through Oklahoma could soon notice more state troopers out on the roadways. A separate initiative would free emergency vehicles from paying tolls on the state’s turnpike under certain circumstances.

Gov. Brad Henry and legislative leaders have reached an agreement to close a hole in the state’s budget while increasing the trooper presence on Oklahoma highways.

“Public safety is one of the most important functions of state government, and it is imperative we have our troopers out on the roads every day,” House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, said in a statement.

Supporters say the agreement will also save state dollars and maximize federal money.

Up until the budget deal was announced there were concerns about a trooper furlough... FULL ARTICLE

 



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