In an age where technology is almost always at our fingertips, distracted driving has become one of the greatest dangers to motorists on the road today—especially in Oklahoma. Data from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol shows that in 2009, distracted driving was responsible for causing as many as 1,700 Oklahoma car accidents. Even more disturbing is the fact that more than half of those collisions involved teenage and young adult drivers.
To help address this problem, state lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit motorists from using a handheld electronic device while behind the wheel of a vehicle. While the bill was almost unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives, those in favor of the bill say the measures it outlines still aren’t stringent enough.
Insurance Journal reports House Bill 1965 only makes texting and driving a secondary offense, meaning an officer has to observe the distracted driver commit another traffic infraction before they can be stopped and cited for a distracted driving violation. Many believe texting and driving should be a primary offense—a violation of the law that is grounds to be stopped and cited by a law enforcement official.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know the dangers distracted driving can pose and we are excited to see laws banning the behavior being considered; however, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are hopeful to see stronger measures put in place against distracted driving in the future.