Traffic Talk: Efforts to ban texting while driving keep stalling in Legislature

Don Gammill: What are the rules and regulations on law officers using cellphones, computers in their cars?
by Don Gammill Published: May 6, 2013
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“No law enforcement officer shall issue a citation under this section unless the law enforcement officer observes that the operator of the vehicle is involved in an accident or observes the operator of the vehicle driving in such a manner that poses an articulable danger to other persons on the roadway that is not otherwise specified in statute.'”

Now, who is included in this? Take another look at the first sentence in the statute.

“This applies to every operator of a motor vehicle on the roadway,” Randolph says. “However, law enforcement officers, specifically, OHP, teaches troopers how to operate their patrol car while multitasking.

“Troopers must show proficiency in operating the radio, computer, radar, in-car video equipment all while driving.

“Occasionally, a trooper will need to make/receive phone calls while in their patrol car, but are not authorized to text and drive or send/receive emails on their mobile devices while driving.”

By the way ...

Here's an update for those people who travel between Edmond and Guthrie on Broadway.

Mark Sharpton, Logan County District 1 commissioner, tells me that the anxiously awaited resurfacing of the three miles of Broadway, from Waterloo to Simpson, is scheduled to begin May 13.

The contract was signed in December with Atlas Paving Company, but weather and a backlog of projects delayed the paving, Sharpton said.

With cooperative weather, the paving can be done in about a week. The striping will occur before long. Stay alert.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.

by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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