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Distracted driving can often to prove to be rather dangerous and injurious, not only for the distracted driver, but also for others who occupy the road with that driver, such as those in the car with him or her, the occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and bicyclists. Distracted driving is defined as any instance where the driver of a car or truck loses focus on the road while driving due to any external stimuli.

Such stimuli causing a distraction might include driving while texting, driving while talking on a cellphone or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Oklahoma laws strictly prohibit distracted driving in order to ensure that the roads are safe. Many injured victims of car accidents often consult legal professionals who specialize in accident cases in order to seek full compensation for their injuries.

Recently a three-vehicle car accident was reported in Tulsa. The preliminary investigation conducted by law enforcement authorities revealed that the driver of one of the trucks involved was found to have engaged in distracted driving when he reached down to pick up a dropped cellphone. During the moments required to retrieve the phone, the driver took his eyes off the road and lost control of his vehicle, which ultimately caused the multi-vehicle accident.

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Tulsa residents might agree that texting and driving is one of the major reasons for distraction behind the wheel, which can ultimately lead to an accident. In fact, there are many findings that have highlighted the risks of distracted driving. For example, according to statistics released by the United States Department of Transportation, 3,154 people were killed in 2013 as a result of car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents.

Legislators in Oklahoma understand the seriousness of the problem and recently introduced a bill to ban texting and driving on Oklahoma roads. If the bill passes, Oklahoma will be among 44 other states that have banned texting for all drivers. The current law only prohibits drivers with a learner’s permit and drivers with a provisional license from texting and driving.

The bill would not only ban texting and driving on state roads, but also take measures to make it a primary offense. The bill, which is authored by Tulsa Representative Terry O’Donnell, is now headed to the House for further action. The bill recommends a fine of $100 for a violation, except in certain emergencies. The bill also states that the new law would not apply to devices that can be operated by voice commands.