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Oklahoma Texting While Driving Bill Awaits the Governor's Signature

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MIAMI, OKLAHOMA - Under a new bill awaiting the governor's signature, Oklahoma could be the 45th state to ban texting while driving.

“I think it's a good thing. I think the statistics prove that texting and driving is similar to being drunk and driving so a lot of accidents occur simply because you take your attention off of driving while you're looking at your phone,” says Miami Attorney Ken Gallon.

Gallon says it's a step in the right direction but thinks the change will be hard to enforce.

“I think that's subject to attack because I mean as you're driving down the road unless you're in a vehicle that's extremely taller than the other vehicle it's almost impossible to see. Just because you have a device in your hand that doesn't mean that you're texting or that you're talking or...it just means you have a phone in your hand."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at any given moment more than 660,000 people have a phone in their hand when operating a vehicle. Caught in the act violators in Oklahoma would face a fine up to $100.Most people I talked with say they support the new penalty.

“Texting and driving you know, you're more focused on your phone and not on the road. I mean there's kids that have been run over due to people you know, paying attention to their phone so i think it would be a good idea,” says Miami Resident Shelby Bailey.

“It'd be pretty hard to catch 'em and everything but I think they're gonna. They need to cut down on accidents,” says Miami resident Dan DeSilva.

"I think it should be a law. They out to be fined, probably even more than a hundred is the way I look at it,” says Grove resident Robert Skaggs.

And although in the big scheme of things a fine may not solve the problem Gallon says the law would get people's attention.

“It's their way of trying to make a statement, 'you know, hey do the right thing.' "

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