Oklahoma looking to end distracted driving

Some states are putting their focus on ending the use of cell phone distraction while driving.  Others, like Oklahoma, want to put an end on all driving distractions.

Two bills are currently under study in Oklahoma regarding distracted driving.  House Bill 3250 would prohibit all drivers from using a hand-held cell phone, whether for talking, reading, or typing.  Anyone caught violating the law could face a fine up to $1,000$.  There is no minimum fine written in the proposition, leaving municipalities to decide how to enforce the law.  The bill’ sponsor, Representative Sue Tibbs, said the bill is aimed to save lives.

“I have grandchildren and I want them protected, I want be protected while I’m driving.  I don’t want them to take away my right to live.”

The other bill on the table, Senate Bill 1908, is more restrictive than the one coming from the House.  If approved, it would ban all driving distractions.  The law would ban all drivers from reading, writing, performing personal grooming, interacting with pets or unsecured cargo, using a personal communication device, or engaging in any other activity which causes distractions.  If caught violating the law, a drivers would face a fine of $100.  The Senate law would be a secondary enforcement, meaning police officers would need to stop a driver for another offense before hitting them with a distracted driving fine.

Both bills got preliminary approval so far.  If adopted, the effective date is scheduled for November 1, 2010.

Source: KWTV News 9, March 12, 2010

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