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April 8, 2013

Amendment could put texting ban to vote

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Curtis McDaniel today proposed to ban texting while driving in Oklahoma, through an amendment that if adopted would have been added to Senate Bill 924. 

Senate Bill 924 is an act relating to motor vehicles and expands the registration requirements to include construction machinery. The proposed amendment, which was heard today, would deem it unlawful for a driver to operate a motor vehicle on any street or highway within the state while using a cellular telephone or electronic device to write, send, or read a text-based communication while the vehicle is in motion.

The amendment failed to pass in the Oklahoma House of Representative, despite support from all members of the Democratic caucus and three members of the Republican caucus, state Reps. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa; Arthur Hulbert, R-Fort Gibson; and David Dank, R-Oklahoma City for a total of 32 votes in favor of the amendment. Sixty members of the House voted in opposition of the amendment.

“It is disheartening to see measures taken to protect drivers from careless driving continue to fail in the house” said McDaniel, D-Smithville. “It is my hope that those who oppose such measures can begin to understand the vitality that this measure holds to the well-being of the citizens of Oklahoma.”

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