New Reckless Driving Law Stirring Debate In Oklahoma

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

A new piece of legislature in Oklahoma’s law books has stirred debate over whether it is too ambiguous or just doing the job of keeping state highways safer. According to News Channel 4, house Bill 1507–also know as Aaron’s Law–took effect in the state November first of this year.

The law was named after a 17-year-old Yukon teen who was killed after being hit by a woman who ran a stop sign. The law created tougher rules against reckless driving and requires a no exceptions one year drivers license suspension for anyone ticketed for reckless driving.

“What’s the problem?” you may ask. Many citizens say that law enforcement often writes tickets for reckless driving in situations other than where bodily harm has been caused in a crash or when a driver fails to stop for a school bus. One Oklahoma City attorney said he had handled cases where a driver was cited for reckless driving for changing three lanes on a highway to get over for an exit. He said texting and driving could be now considered reckless behavior behind the wheel, and also speeding if you are going 20 miles above the posted limit.

The Oklahoma auto accident attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers want to hear from you. Is the new law effective at stopping dangerous behavior of drivers behind the wheel, or is it too ambiguous and should only be used for more serious offenses? Tell us your opinion by posting to our Facebook page.