Oklahoma Outlaws Texting While Driving

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May 6, 2015

Contact: Kara Macek, kmacek@ghsa.org
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Oklahoma Outlaws Texting While Driving

46 States Now Ban Dangerous Behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday afternoon, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill to prohibit texting while driving in the Sooner State. The law goes into effect on November 1 and carries with it a $100 fine.

In just eight years – since Washington became the first in 2007 – 46 states have enacted texting while driving bans. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) congratulates Oklahoma for becoming the latest state to outlaw this all too prevalent driver distraction and thanks the tireless work of advocates and lawmakers who helped advance the bill through the state legislature.

While laws and enforcement are a critical step in the fight against distracted driving, GHSA reminds all motorists to put down their cell phones or other electronic devices while driving, regardless of the current law.

GHSA maintains a list of all state distracted driving laws on its website at https://www.ghsa.org/state-laws/issues/distracted%20driving.

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