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Wed June 3, 2009

Automatic Tickets Stopped

Oklahoma City, OK – Turnpike Authority to stop automatic violations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will stop issuing automatic tickets for failure to pay tolls until it matches its records with new license plate numbers.

Violations were automatically generated by a computer system that manages the toll system.

Errors occurred when a Pikepass was misread and the computer couldn't match the photographed license plate number to an active Pikepass account.

Nearly half of all vehicles registered in Oklahoma have new license plates since the state began issuing new plates in January.

This means Pikepass customers in good standing may be getting $25 violation notices because their account information doesn't match their new vehicle tag numbers.

The Turnpike Authority has mailed nearly 90,200 violation notices in the past month about six times more than normal.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.