Okla. Senate rejects phone ban for teen drivers

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has rejected a proposal that would have prevented teenagers from using cell phones while driving.

The Senate voted 22-20 on Tuesday for the bill by Tulsa Republican Brian Crain, falling short of the 25 votes needed for passage.

The measure would have prohibited drivers younger than 18 from using any "hand-held electronic device while operating a motor vehicle," except in the case of a life-threatening emergency.

Crain says his hope was that the bill would reduce the number of fatalities and injuries that result from young drivers being distracted by cell phones and other devices.

But Oklahoma City Republican Sen. Steve Russell debated against the measure, saying it's a first step toward taking away individual rights.

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Online:

Senate Bill 182: http://bit.ly/wTXAEF

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  • by DenisonDriver Location: Denison on Mar 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM
    I agree with Lori. No one should be texting while driving. This is only common sense. Lead by example because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • by Lori Location: whitesboro on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    I have more close encounters with adults being on their phones than with teenagers. I personally do not use my phone while I am driving. we just finished our drivers ed with one of our kids and I think we teach by example so I do not use it. Maybe its just me that thinks like that but oh well.
  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:14 AM
    More like step number 356 in the destruction of individual rights. This is still a great country, but is becoming more and more of a police/nanny state.
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      by Dot on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM in reply to Zyklon B
      Oklahomans are their own worst enemy. They put "individual rights" above a richer quality of life. Many reasonable states (Mass, TX, NM, KS, WY, NC, CO and on and on)are not afraid to enact regs that enhance quality of life - and each of these have healthier, wealthier and happier citizens because of it. The statistics are there. Or travel a little and see it yourself.
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        by Zyklon B on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:46 AM in reply to Dot
        I agree with you that most Oklahoma towns and cities are dumps compared with their neighbors, but the state itself is beautiful. If a "better quality of life" means giving up rights and freedoms, I would rather live in a dump.
  • by Dot on Mar 13, 2012 at 08:36 PM
    Good for them. Now run the legislation through again, but this time for all drivers, not just the under-18 year old crowd. Surely we can be as concerned about this safety issue as our neighbor state NM.
  • by John Q Location: Texoma on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    Well done. Why implement a law that is almost unenforceable? Teens ARE going to use their phones while driving regardless of the law. Just like Billy Bob beer drinker is going to drink his beer while driving. But the cops are much more likely to find good old Billy Bob in a ditch than they are the teen with the cell phone.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:46 AM in reply to John Q
      That statement is completely at odds with the facts. The average teenager on a cell phone is more likely to be involved in an accident than is an average adult driving with a BAC or .08-.10. Driving and has been tested to be on par with driving at .10 and when you add in the inexperience and immaturity associated with high risks for teenagers in general, you have a mess waiting to happen.
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        by John Q on Mar 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM in reply to
        Spoken like a true alcoholic.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:49 PM in reply to John Q
          Look it up, genius. Controlled testing has shown that texting while driving impairs the driver more than a BAC of .10 . Teenagers are far more likely to be involved in accidents requiring insurance payouts, which you know if you have ever paid for insurance on a car with a teenaged driver. The incidence of accidents among teenaged drivers has increased considerably since the growth in use of cell phones for a reason. There are an abundance of ignorant jerks on this site's comments who throw out insults with no consideration or offering of factual argument. For them it's nothing more than an opportunity to indulge their compulsion to show their backside for reasons I doubt they could begin to explain.
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