As in most states, distracted driving is a constant problem in Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, more than 11,000 auto accidents were caused by distracted drivers in 2012. That may change if a State Senate bill that prohibits distracted driving passes the state legislature.
Although Oklahoma already has distracted driving laws on the books, Senate Bill 442 expands the definition and penalties for distracted driving. Authored by Senator Ron Sharp, the bill proposes that merely reading a text message while behind the wheel would be illegal, and penalties for reading, composing and sending messages could be as high as $500. The bill would also ban using electronic messaging such as email and texting while driving.