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.