The Norman Transcript

Headlines

May 27, 2010

New law changes the rules for drivers making left turns

NORMAN — Debra Lewis has no doubt if her son Casey were alive, he would support a law named in his honor.

“He would like this bill because it holds people accountable for their actions,” Lewis said.

Casey Lewis, 27, died in a Moore motorcycle wreck in 2007.

Lewis said her son was riding a motorcycle when he collided with a car making a left turn. The driver wasn’t cited because he stopped in the intersection and signaled before making the turn, she said.

Gov. Brad Henry signed a law two weeks ago that will change the rules regarding left turns in oncoming traffic. The Casey Lewis Act eliminates language which permitted a driver to turn left after signaling and pausing in an intersection, and which required oncoming drivers to yield to the turning driver. The change means drivers must wait until all oncoming traffic has passed before attempting a left turn, according to the statute.

The law takes effect Nov. 1.

Lewis said Rep. Wallace Collins, D-Norman, wrote the language for the law. Collins approached the Lewis family with the idea.

“This would hold people accountable for their actions,” Lewis said.

Lewis said she and her husband Steve appreciated Collins’ efforts.

“We were very humbled that Casey’s life would be used as an example to try and protect someone down the line,” she said.

She said Casey grew up in Noble. At the time of his death, he lived in Blanchard with his wife, Nikki, and two children, Gabriel and Graci. Another son, Deacon, was born six weeks after Casey Lewis died.

In a press release, Collins said the old law dated to the early days of traffic laws before cars had turn signals, when traffic moved more slowly.

“These days, most drivers wait for all oncoming traffic to pass before attempting to make a left turn, and this will simply require that all drivers employ that common sense practice,” Collins said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Junior Police Graduation First Junior Police Academy graduates

    The room went dark and a slideshow flipped through photos of children participating in the first Junior Police Academy as kids chattered excitedly, remembering what they had done over the past two weeks. Norman Police Department hosted ...

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials say transparency lacking in Wal-Mart zoning

    Norman city staff recently admitted to withholding information from the public regarding a controversial zoning change in southeast Norman. If approved by the city council, the proposal will allow a Wal-Mart supercenter at Cedar Lane and ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Air Algerie jet crashes with 116 on board

    OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Nonprofit raises $3.9M-plus for new center

    The Center for Children and Families, a United Way of Norman partner agency, announced Thursday that it exceeded its public fundraising goal of $3.5 million and raised more than $3.9 million to complete the purchase and renovation of a ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Bad year won’t dampen peachy tradition

    PORTER — A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they’ve come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.” Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Union Market opens this fall on campus

    Shelves are being stocked as employees buzz around like busy bees and activities are in the last stages of prep as the University of Oklahoma anticipates the opening of its new eatery Union Market, located in the Oklahoma Memorial Union in ...

    July 26, 2014

  • OU football recruit under investigation in assault case

    An attorney representing Joe Mixon confirmed Friday evening that the highly-recruited Oklahoma running back is being investigated by Norman Police in connection with an incident in which a woman suffered multiple facial fractures early ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Campus Cornerassault

    Norman Police responded to an alleged aggravated assault at the Campus Corner Pickelmans Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning....

    July 26, 2014

  • U.S.: Russia firing across border

    KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the ...

    July 26, 2014

  • McCain: Arizona execution ‘torture’

    TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture....

    July 26, 2014