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Texting and Driving Ban Shot Down by Oklahoma Lawmakers

by Staff

Texting and driving is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of Oklahoma Car Accidents. Despite statistics supporting this fact, the Oklahoma House Committee shot down a bill that would have banned texting and driving during a recent legislative session.

According to an article from FOX 23 News, Rep. Curtis McDaniel, Smithville-D, introduced the bill, which called for the behavior to be a primary offense worthy of being pulled over. The bill would have also made an infraction punishable by a $500 fine. Current law classifies texting and driving as a secondary offense, meaning a motorist must commit another infraction before they can be stopped by law enforcement and ticketed.

Opponents of ban claimed the new laws would prove to be too difficult to enforce and would infringe on personal freedoms. Those in favor of the new law pointed out the potential for hundreds of lives to be saved annually.

Similar bans on texting and driving have been enacted in areas across the country. Reports indicate a majority have proven successful in reducing the number of fatal accidents caused by distracted driving.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers distracted driving can present. That’s why the firm asks that motorists refrain from using handheld electronic devices, such as cellphones, while behind the wheel of a vehicle.