Okla. House Kills Texting and Driving Ban Again

Apr 23, 2013

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The Oklahoma House for the third time this session has derailed a proposal to ban texting while driving.  

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.

The amendment was tabled Tuesday with a 49-37 vote.  

Earlier this session McDaniel introduced a texting ban bill, which passed a House committee but never came to a vote on the floor. He then tried adding the ban as an amendment to another bill, which also failed. McDaniel says he'll keep trying.

House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) blasted the amendment's failure Tuesday, saying the chamber didn't have ``have the guts'' to bring it to an actual vote. He said 39 other states ban texting while driving.