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Some Question Proposed Texting and Driving Ban Exception
Texting and driving causes over one-million accidents a year, so one state lawmaker wants to make it illegal once and for all in Oklahoma. However, there would be one exception.... one exception that has some fighting against it.
"If we had never done anything about drinking and driving, would our roads be safe today?" asks Representative Curtis McDaniel, of District 1. He wants to outlaw texting and driving in the state, with a penalty of up to 500-dollars. But, some think his proposed bill is unnecessary.
"There are already laws on the books that prevent careless driving, reckless driving, inattentive driving," says David Slane, Fox 25 Legal Analyst. Slane says police officers can already pull you over for texting and driving. He says this bill will just put a strain on an already burdened police department. "We're going to have a whole new class of policemen," says Slane. "I guess we're going to have the texting police. Here in Oklahoma City, they're already calling for 200 more officers because they don't have enough."
But, Rep. McDaniel says that's a small price to pay. "Nationwide, there are elven teenagers killed every day caused by texting and driving," he says.
But, there is one exception to this proposed bill. Texting and driving would be illegal, except for emergency personnel. "I'm talking doctors, firefighters, those folks. If they need that, if it's an emergency, then sure, that should be overlooked," says Rep. McDaniel.
Slane disagrees. "There should be no exception. If it's that dangerous, then we prohibit it all together," says Slane.
Rep. McDaniel says Slane's argument does have merit, but he says emergency personnel would only be allowed to text during an emergency.
"I've never seen a policeman be stopped by another policeman, so I don't think they're going to enforce that law," counters Slane. He says emergency personnel are the ones driving the fastest, and should be the most focused. Rep. McDaniel says if the legislature chooses to take the exception out, he wouldn't mind, as long as a ban on texting and driving is on the books.
"If we save just one kid, just one life with this measure, then it's been worth it," says Rep. McDaniel.
Posted: Saturday, February 9 2013, 11:02 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. transportation agencies supply 400 workers
May 22, 2013 20:36 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Transportation agencies in Oklahoma are devoting about 400 workers and 200 pieces of heavy equipment to the recovery effort from the Moore tornado.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said Wednesday that employees started emergency work Monday after tornadoes struck in Moore and other parts of the state.
The crews are helping with debris removal in Moore, as requested by local authorities. About 60 maintenance workers are clearing major routes in Moore.
Much of the effort by the agencies is centering on clearing routes that are part of the state highway system.
The DOT says motorists can expect periodic lane closures on Interstate 35 through Moore. Also, off-ramps from the highway in Moore are restricted to emergency responders. Sightseers aren't allowed.
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