Oklahoma House Passes Bill Banning Texting and Driving
The Oklahoma State House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday (02-24-15) that will prohibit drivers from texting while operating a motor vehicle. HB 1965 by state Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa was passed with overwhelming support.
If the bill passes the state senate and is signed into law by Governor Mary Fallon Oklahoma would join 44 other states with similar legislation banning texting while driving. With as much support as HB 1965 has it's almost a guarantee that it will pass and soon become law.
So what does this mean for Oklahomans? The bill makes texting and driving a secondary offense, that means an officer can't pull you over because you have a phone or cellular device in your hand. However if they witness any driving infractions like speeding, improper lane changes, reckless or erratic driving along with the use of a cellular device they can pull you over and issue a citation.
Most law makers think the bill should go further and make texting while driving a primary offense, meaning officers can pull you over and write a citation for witnessing you in the act.So what do you think?