Auto Show Highlights Texting Dangers, Bill To Ban Practice On Life Support

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 9:59 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma is one of just 11 states that does not ban texting for all drivers. Although it's not illegal for adults to text and drive in Oklahoma, there is a push at this year's OKC Auto Show to warn people of the deadly consequences.

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Most of us have heard the statistics –- a vehicle moving at 55 mph will travel the length of a football field during the time it takes to compose a 5-second text. Experts say texting while driving can be worse than drunk driving.

"Everyone is well aware of the dangers of drinking while driving," AT&T spokesperson Jason Constable said. "What we're trying to do is say texting while driving is just as dangerous."

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AT&T is teaching a valuable lesson with a driving simulator at this year's OKC Auto Show.

"It was fun," simulator participant Jeff Ray said. "It gives you a good idea of why you shouldn't text and drive."

Right now, a bill banning the practice is on life support. The bill is currently tabled. It's not even on the schedule for a vote.

2/27/2013 Related Story: Oklahoma Lawmakers Push For Ban On Texting While Driving

Although it is rare, it is possible for House Speaker T.W. Shannon to take the bill out of committee and bring it to a vote. So, News 9 called Shannon's office to see what the he thinks.

"Our official statement on the texting while driving bill situation is we are reviewing several options at this time," Joe Griffin, speaker of the house spokesperson said.

The speaker's office would not tell News 9 what those options are.

Download a free app from AT&T designed to prevent texting while driving.