There are 10 toll roads throughout the state of Oklahoma, covering 606 miles of road, each maintained by the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Drivers are required to pay to travel on the turnpike and the money goes right back into the debt, maintenance, and expansion of the road. Toll roads generally offer travelers faster speeds, less traffic congestion, and more direct routes through the state.
Oklahoma offers drivers a PIKEPASS, a sticker for the windshield of your car that syncs up with a prepaid account and can be read electronically as you drive through the toll collection points. This allows travelers of the turnpikes to drive straight through the toll collection stations without stopping. PIKEPASS offers a small discount on tolls and can also be used in Kansas and North Texas and if a turnpike is part of your regular commute, you can earn extra discounts for accruing a large volume of transactions.
Most toll collection points along the turnpikes have dedicated PIKEPASS lanes alongside booths to pay with credit cards, debit cards, or cash. If you do not have an active PIKEPASS account but find yourself in a PIKEPASS lane, you should not stop, turn around, or back up to go through the correct lane, as a serious accident could occur. You should keep driving and be on the lookout for a Toll Evasion Notice to arrive by mail. These violations can be paid via credit or debit card on the PIKEPASS website or a check or money order can be mailed to the address listed on the Missed Toll Payment page.
There are a few reasons that you may receive a Notice of Toll Evasion Violation even though you have a PIKEPASS account. Your account could have been deactivated or your card on file failed to replenish your account. It could also be a failure of the PIKEPASS sticker, due to improper mounting of the sticker or the license plate on the card doesn’t match up to the one listed on the account. If any of these issues occur, you should call (877) 774–9569 to resolve your account.
If you will be taking a trip through Oklahoma and using the turnpikes, you can calculate how much your tolls will cost with this toll calculator, so you don’t find yourself without enough money on your PIKEPASS account or without enough funds to cover the travel.
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