Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview), left, listens as state Rep. Terry O’Donnell (R-Tulsa) addresses the media during a news conference at OU Medical Center today to promote the new Oklahoma law that prohibits texting while driving.
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Oklahoma lawmakers and advocates gathered yesterday to urge drivers to obey a new law that makes it illegal to read or compose texts while driving.

State Rep. Terry O'Donnell authored the legislation that goes into effect Sunday, Nov. 1.

Oklahoma Texting Ban Bill Will Come Back Next Session

Jun 13, 2014
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Several bills aimed at banning texting while driving have made their way partially through the Legislature each of the last five years but none have succeeded in making its way to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk. 

At the forefront of those efforts, Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, who has been championing texting ban legislation for years, said Thursday she is hopeful a bill would make it through the process next session.

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An Oklahoma House committee has passed a bill that would prohibit texting, emailing and instant messaging while driving a vehicle.

The House Public Safety Committee voted 8-4 Wednesday and sent the bill to the full House for a vote.

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A group of teenagers who support a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma are meeting at the Capitol to push for a new state law to prohibit the practice.

A group that calls itself "Generation tXt" has scheduled a news conference on Wednesday to advocate for a statewide ban on texting while driving. The group will be joined by legislators, law enforcement and insurance industry officials.

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A recently released survey of states by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows Oklahoma is one of nine states without a texting ban in place, despite some lawmakers’ previous efforts.

Through public awareness campaigns and other grassroots efforts, there has been a 45 percent increase in the last three years in the number of states with texting bans, with 41 states and the District of Columbia having some type of texting ban in place, up from 28 states and D.C. in 2010, the survey data shows.

Okla. House Kills Texting and Driving Ban Again

Apr 23, 2013
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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.