The Oklahoma State Legislature has failed to pass proposed bans on texting while driving, for the fifth year in a row. This year HB 2540 was authored in the House of Representatives and SB 442 was proposed in the State Senate, both bills were killed this session. Opponents of the legislation contend that the bills are not necessary, and that they are too specific to address the issue of distracted driving.
It is estimated that last year alone that more than 700 Oklahomans were injured and approximately 10 were killed in accidents involving distracted driving. 43 other states have now banned texting while driving.
While many of the lawmakers supporting these bills are admittedly frustrated, they have pledged to keep raising the dangers of distracted driving until the law is changed.