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Oklahoma wants to make texting while driving a misdemeanor

Text and drive in Oklahoma? Uh-oh... the state wants to send a message
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Jan 2, 2015 10:16 pm

Oklahoma Sen. Ron Sharp wants to stop drivers in his state from using mobile phones to talk, text, or otherwise be distracted while behind the wheel. The state remains just one of six in the country that haven't implemented laws against distracted driving already.




The Senate Bill 67, however, takes a significantly harsher approach than other states' efforts - with a violation counting as a misdemeanor, with the potential of a $1,000 fine, up to one year in jail, or a combination of both.


"Using a cell phone to call or text while driving can be just as deadly as drunk driving," Sharp recently said. "The danger is real. We see it every day, on city streets, highways and interstates. Senate Bill 67 is designed to make people think twice about pulling out their phone to answer a text or make a call while behind the wheel. The risk is just not worth jeopardizing lives."


Here in California, where drivers must be hands-free from technology, state laws have clearly had little impact on changing driver behavior. It's not uncommon to see numerous drivers texting and talking without using Bluetooth, with little fear of being pulled over and cited for the driving infraction.


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