Purple Heart Recipients Could Be Granted Free Tolls, Admissions

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A new proposal would allow free tolls and park admissions for Purple Heart recipients living in Florida.

The measure, (HB 763 ), was filed Thursday by Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Inverness.

No cost analysis was immediately available for the proposal, which would require the state Department of Transportation to set up prepaid toll accounts to cover the toll-gate costs.

Purple Heart recipients with valid Florida driver’s licenses could apply for accounts and receive window sticker transponders that would allow the recipients’ vehicles to travel at no cost through any toll facility owned by the state.

The Division of Recreation and Parks would oversee issuing “lifetime family annual entrance passes at no charge” to Purple Heart recipients, according to the proposal.

The state currently provides lifetime family passes to honorably discharged veterans who have service-connected disabilities and a 25 percent discount on park fees to active duty members and honorably discharged veterans of the armed forces and National Guard.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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