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.
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.
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.