Supporters Of Texting While Driving Ban Rally At OK Capitol

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 6:49 pm
By: News 9

Supporters of a "Texting While Driving" ban gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday afternoon, to voice their support to prohibit texting and driving at the same time.

Several lawmakers, AAA, teenagers and medical professionals spoke out against distracted driving by highlighting national statistics.

Among those supporting the bill was Gina Harris, who recounted the night her 19-year-old daughter, Brittanie Montgomery, died while on the phone with her boyfriend.

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"She had lost control and ended up going backwards across all four lanes of traffic and hit in her driver's door," said Harris. "That fact that anyone else could go through what myself and my family went through with losing Brittanie, it's really heartbreaking and it's sad. It was hard. It was difficult."

Investigators guessed Montgomery took her eyes off the road for about two seconds before crashing.

National statistics show others have lived Gina Harris's story all too often. Eleven teens across the United States die every day while using a phone in the car. Lawmakers and law enforcement agencies Wednesday said it was time for Oklahoma to pass the ban.

Opponents argued the ban would take away rights, but one of the bill's sponsors says texting and driving is not a God-given right, it's a privilege.