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Oklahoma Texting and Driving Ban Goes Into Effect in Two Weeks

Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Oct 20, 2015 in Auto Accidents

police writing ticket for texting while drivingA new law banning texting and driving in Oklahoma is scheduled to go into effect on Nov. 1, 2015. The law was prompted after a state trooper was killed in January while working an accident on Interstate 40. The accident also seriously injured another trooper.

According to investigators, the driver had texted nearly 200 times while traveling from Arkansas. He was apparently updating his social media when he struck and killed the officer.

Oklahoma will join 46 other states which currently ban driver texting. Some states have taken it further, banning any use of a cell phone or handheld device while operating a motor vehicle.

With the ubiquity of smartphones, people have become accustomed to being always on, feeling they have to be available 24 hours a day. In too many cases, the need to instantly respond to a message has taken precedence over common sense. Driving is an activity which requires the full attention of all your faculties. Smartphone use is an especially dangerous form of distracted driving since it demands visual, manual and cognitive attention.

Compared to other distracted driving activities, such as dialing, talking, or reaching for a device, texting takes drivers eyes off the road for the longest period of time, making a crash 23 times more likely. A typical text message pulls drivers eyes from the road for five seconds, while it only takes two seconds to cause an accident.

The most tragic part of the deaths caused by texting while driving accidents, is that these are completely preventable deaths. All you have to do is turn your phone off and put it away while you drive. If you need to send a message or check in with anyone, wait until you are fully parked or pulled over.

If you or a loved one has been injured in accident by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact The Edwards Law Firm, experienced Oklahoma car accident attorneys, today at 1-800-304-9246. We will fight for the justice you deserve.

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