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February 28, 2014

End texting while driving

NORMAN — Plans to prohibit texting, emailing and instant messaging while driving a vehicle in Oklahoma face some tough opposition in the full state House. At least three bills are advancing that would restrict communications from a vehicle.

We hope at least one emerges. Drivers paying attention to cell phones and laptops are many times more likely to be involved in a wreck. Some law enforcement officers say it rivals drunk driving as one of the top causes of crashes.

A House committee this week advanced a text and email ban on an 8-4 vote. Some lawmakers think it’s an unwarranted intrusion and can’t be enforced. Police can already cite drivers for distracted driving.

More than 40 states have some form of texting restrictions.

Passing such a law in Oklahoma sends a message that it’s a serious safety issue brought on by technology and the immediate world we live in.

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