OKLAHOMA CITY —
“There are certainly enforcement challenges with this measure,” O’Donnell said.
The measure makes texting while driving a secondary traffic violation, meaning that a driver could be cited only after being pulled over for a more serious infraction, such as reckless driving.
“We’re not going to be pulling drivers over on suspicion of texting,” O’Donnell said. Violations would be punishable by a $500 fine.
On Feb. 20, the Senate Public Safety Committee passed two bills that would restrict the ability of motorists to use a cellphone while driving.
The first would make it illegal for any motorist to use a wireless communications device while driving in a school zone, unless drivers are using hands-free devices or making an emergency call. The second would prohibit composing or reading a text while driving.
House Bill 2540: http://bit.ly/1hz8RQk
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