Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently signed a bill that prohibits people from sending text messages while driving a vehicle, the Oklahoman reported on May 5.
Reports said driving while texting is now considered a primary offense under House Bill 1965, meaning police officers can pull people over for this distracted driving behavior. Though the proposed bill was previously criticized, it was backed by lawmakers after two state highway patrol troopers were killed in January. The vehicle driver who struck the two officers was apparently using his mobile phone before the crash occurred. Starting on November 1, officers may pull over a vehicle driver sending text message while driving, and a fine of $100 will be imposed. Oklahoma is now included in the 46 other states that ban cell phone use while driving.
People unfortunately suffer debilitating or even fatal injuries in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. If this has happened to you or to a loved one, working with a lawyer could help you recover financial compensation from those responsible. Find out how the Oklahoma lawyers at the Abel Law Firm may help you today by calling 405-239-7046.