Oklahoma Senate approves ban on texting while driving

Texting (KSN File Photo)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma drivers could be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving under a bill passed overwhelmingly in the state Senate.

The Senate voted 38-6 on Wednesday for the bill, which now returns to the House for consideration.

The bill makes it illegal for a driver to use a mobile phone to “compose, send or read an electronic text message” while the vehicle is in motion. Violators face a fine of up to $100.

The Senate narrowly approved an amendment to make texting while driving a primary offense – meaning an officer can stop over a motorist if they spot them using a mobile phone.

The bill was named for two state troopers who were struck by a motorist who authorities say was distracted by his phone.

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