Safety advocacy group gives state middling rating

BY AMANDA BLAND, TULSA WORLD Published: January 23, 2014

The Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma traffic safety laws lag behind 32 other states and contribute to a $2.59 billion annual economic cost in the state, according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

"It just points out stuff we've known for years and stuff we continue to battle," said Chuck Mai, a spokesman for AAA Oklahoma.

Advocates, a coalition of consumer health and safety groups, as well as insurance agencies, gave Oklahoma a "yellow" rating, which falls between red and green on the three-tier scale, signifying that the state is improving but still has significant gaps.

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