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Oklahoma officials rally behind texting ban

Oklahoman Published: February 27, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health and public safety officials are rallying behind a bill to outlaw texting while driving in Oklahoma.

A group that includes the mother of a woman killed in a car crash while using a cellphone lobbied Wednesday in favor of the bill by Democratic Rep. Curtis McDaniel of Smithville.

The bill was passed last week by the House Transportation Committee. It would make it illegal for any driver “to compose, send, or read a text-based communication while the motor vehicle is in motion.”

If approved by the House Calendar Committee the bill will head to the full House for a vote. Similar measures have faced resistance in the Senate.

The bill calls for a fine of up to $500 for violations.

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House Bill 1503: http://bit.ly/WNtnni