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Oklahoma passes bill that bans texting and driving

Car accidents claim the lives of many people in Oklahoma each year. One of the major causes of car accidents is distracted driving. Distracted driving may be described as a situation where drivers lose their concentration while driving due to any other stimuli. Such distractions may include driving under the influence, drinking while driving or even texting and driving.

Since distracted driving is a major cause of concern for all Oklahoma residents, a new House bill was proposed that would completely ban texting and driving in the state. Representatives have recently filed an amendment to the bill to name it after two state troopers who were struck by a vehicle in January.

As expected, the House passed the bill unanimously. It bans the usage of cell phones for texting or even sending emails by the driver while behind the wheel. Texting and driving has become a national concern because of the number of accidents caused by texting.

With Oklahoma banning such distracted driving, the awareness regarding the perils of texting and driving have continued to gain momentum. It was also observed that men and women under the age of 20 were the most susceptible to the dangers of texting and driving, with around 21 percent of all fatalities in this age group being the result of using a cell phone.

It was also reported by authorities that when a driver texts and drives, the chances of being involved in a car accident increases by 23 times. Around 11 people die each day across the nation due to this distracted behavior. With the advent of this new law, a person found guilty of texting and driving may be fined up to five hundred dollars.

Source: KFOR.com, “Update: Bill that would ban texting while driving may be named in honor of troopers,” M. Delatorre, Feb. 11, 2015

 

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