driving http://kgou.org en World Views: November 1, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-november-1-2013 <p></p><p>Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the implications of the Roma child found living with a couple in Greece, and the October 26 protest by Saudi women in defiance of the country's traditions against driving.</p><p>Later, a conversation about water and sanitation in Africa with the University of Oklahoma 2013 International Water Prize winner <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/coe/centers/water/water_prize/2013.html">Ada Oko-Williams</a>, and University College London hydrogeologist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/about-the-department/people/academic-staff/richard-taylor">Richard Taylor</a>.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 16403 at http://kgou.org World Views: November 1, 2013 Saudi Arabia Warns Online Backers Of Women Drivers http://kgou.org/post/saudi-arabia-warns-online-backers-women-drivers <p>On October 26 dozens of Saudi women got behind the wheel in defiance of the country’s traditions. Though no specific law bans women from driving, the rules are enforced by&nbsp;Saudi Arabia's powerful Islamic establishment.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/rebecca-cruise.html">Rebecca Cruise</a>, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says even though the issue seems to be gaining traction, she’s heard critics argue it’s symbolic of larger issues Saudi women face.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:52:00 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 16400 at http://kgou.org Saudi Arabia Warns Online Backers Of Women Drivers Unlike Nation, Oklahoma Is Failing To Reduce Drunken-Driving Deaths http://kgou.org/post/unlike-nation-oklahoma-failing-reduce-drunken-driving-deaths <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">During most of the past two decades, the annual number of alcohol-related traffic deaths across the country has fallen by about 20 percent, to more than 11,500.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">More stringent drunken driving laws, widespread public education campaigns and safer vehicles have all played a role in that sharp reduction.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">In Oklahoma, however, it’s been a much different story. Despite having the same safer vehicles, increased educational efforts and tougher laws, the state saw a 10 percent increase in alcohol-related traffic deaths between 1994 and 2012. The trend mystifies state public-safety officials.</p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:37:05 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Shaun Hittle 13607 at http://kgou.org Unlike Nation, Oklahoma Is Failing To Reduce Drunken-Driving Deaths Okla. House Kills Texting and Driving Ban Again http://kgou.org/post/okla-house-kills-texting-and-driving-ban-again <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Oklahoma House for the third time this session has derailed a proposal to ban texting while driving. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The latest text ban attempt came in the form of an amendment by State Rep. Curtis McDaniel (D-Smithville) on a bill dealing with reckless driving penalties.</p><p>The amendment was tabled Tuesday with a 49-37 vote. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:01:38 +0000 Associated Press 4431 at http://kgou.org Okla. House Kills Texting and Driving Ban Again