Jan. 22, 2011
Based upon the complaints about enforceability coming from law enforcement officers nationwide and the fact that Oklahoma passed a pretty tough distracted driving law recently, I asked Rep. Morgan some questions regarding the necessity of this bill and how it might address the enforcement issue.
More about problems with this legislation here
The Red Dirt Report reports:
OKLAHOMA CITY — It appears that Oklahoma is poised to be the next state to ban texting-while-driving, at least if State Rep. Danny Morgan (D-Prague) has anything to do with it.
At a press conference held Wednesday afternoon at the State Capitol, Morgan, surrounded by a coalition of folks representing everything from AT&T to Triple A to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said texting-while-driving is “a difficult task at best and dangerous at worst.”
He [Rep. Morgan] said his proposed legislation, HB 1316, co-authored by Sue Tibbs (R-Tulsa) has bipartisan support and would specifically prohibit not only texting while driving but also talking on cell phones while driving through school zones and construction zones.
. . .Interestingly, Oklahoma already has a distracted driving statute in place. However this would be more specific and give a chance for law enforcement to be “pro-active.” Read more from the Red Dirt Report