Oklahoma running low on driver's manuals

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

DURANT, Okla. -- Driver’s manuals in Oklahoma are hard to find right now. For the first time in history, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is running low on the manuals— and funding to print them. Rashi Vats has more.

The biggest challenge now facing Oklahomans looking to take their driving tests isn't the test itself. It's finding a manual to study from.

Megan Coxey is taking her driving test and says she doesn't know how she would have done it without a driver's manual to study from.

"I had mine in my truck forever. I think it is something you do need. A kid needs it," Coxey says.

But now the manuals are a scarce resource. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is running low on the informational booklets and do not have funding to publish more. OHP officials blame the national economy and the high price of fuel.

"When gasoline prices start getting high and we are trying to gas up 863 cruisers that patrol the streets every single day and they are having to chase down people that are running fast or trying to get to an emergency call, " Capt. Ronnie Hampton of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says.

Now OHP is partnering with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, which will provide the extra money for publication, but it may take a while before you will see more manuals in print.

Until then drivers can go online and print the 103-page manual. Driving schools in Oklahoma say that costs them about $5 per manual, and students say printed copies are not as good as the real thing.

"I mean honestly with a manual, I would hate to have to print it off like they're saying now. The book is so much better," Coxey says.

But there are some advantages to the online version.

"In this day of technology you have a lot of people that have access to the internet for a multitude of things, and this is just one more thing that they can do .instead of going to a DPS office, and it allows them to do the research online," Capt. Hampton said.

It looks like that is the only solution for residents of Oklahoma’s 77 counties right now until OHP hits the road with more manuals.

Captain Hampton says 100,000 manuals are expected to be ready within the next month. To get the manual online, click the link below.


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  • by Truth teller Location: Texas on Oct 21, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    Anonymous on Oct 20, 2008 at 09:06 AM; of course they have driving manuals in Oklahoma. They say "drive in the passing lane really slow."
  • by resident Location: Grayson County on Oct 20, 2008 at 12:48 PM
    I agree with Anonymous at 9:06... I didn't know they had manuals. Half of them can't drive anyways... so I guess a few more wont hurt? I love that Texas offers defensive driving and it helps reduce the cost of the ticket and even helps out with insurance policies, but honestly--- its kind of a joke. I have taken it twice.. once for me & once for someone else, both online. Does that tell you how big of a joke it is? I don't think its going to help young teenagers as much as some think it will.
  • by Taxpayer Location: Mead on Oct 20, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    To Mythoughts; I agree with you about the cost of speeding tickets. I believe in paying when I get caught with a lead foot, but I believe what these towns charge in Texas AND Oklahoma has gotten out of control. I think the state should control what dollar amount is charged. Some cities charge a lot more than others. Granted, I should not speed, but when you are following traffic and doing your best to not get run over it seems funny how the out of state tag is the one pulled over. I like how the city cops along 69/75 south of the Red River hide under the overpasses and stoop down with their guns to catch speeders, laziness at its truest form. I am guessing there is absolutely no crime in those towns since their police force has nothing better to do than look for speeders. I thought that was what the Highway Patrol was for?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2008 at 07:06 AM
    Oklahoma drivers have driving manuals??
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    I figured they'd run out a long time ago from witnessing how they drive.
  • by tim Location: ardmore on Oct 18, 2008 at 07:44 PM
    If the state did not print them in spanish also then maybe there would be enough. After all street signs ar not in spanish and you have to read english to get a DL.
  • by Mythoughts Location: Ardmore on Oct 18, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    I vote that the police departments contribute to the cost of printing them. They can do this with the excessive amount of money we pay for tickets. I am from Texas and was shocked the first time I got a speeding ticket here. There is no option to take defensive driving to keep the ticket off your driving record. I also found out that if you pay the extra fifty dollars, only then would they defer the ticket. I assure you there are many drivers, even in our town, that would strongly benefit from a defensive driving course. Maybe if the county would offer it, we would not see so many of our young drivers dying in fatal accidents. Your insurance company may also offer a discount on your policy if you take the course.
  • by Texan Location: Texas on Oct 17, 2008 at 08:58 PM
    That's obvious.
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