Texting And Driving Ban To Go Into Effect In November

Monday, October 19th 2015, 10:34 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma is less than two weeks away from the state's texting and driving law taking effect. 

News 9 looked into the new rules you'll need to follow while on the road.

Oklahoma was one of four states in the country to not have a ban on texting and driving.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol called this law long overdue.

Americans have become tethered to their cell phones. Drivers now feel the need to instantly respond to any chime, beep or buzz, even while traveling 70 mph.

But come Nov. 1, using your phone while driving could come with a fine.

“If you're operating your motor vehicle and driving and you have the cell phone where we can see it. We will stop you,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said.

Oklahoma law now states while driving you cannot compose, send or read a message on your phone. That includes texting, social media and e-mails.

What about at a stoplight? Technically, a driver can use their phone because the vehicle is not in motion.

Also, if you plan to use the GPS on your phone, you must set the directions before you start driving.

While hands free devices are still allowed under the new law, troopers believe the best practice is to not use your phone in the car unless you're parked.

“We feel it's going to save lives and that's really what we are all about just trying to save lives,” Vincent said

Troopers told News 9 they'll be watching for drivers distracted on their phones, and if you're caught, you could be fined up to $100.