House members have revived efforts to ban texting while driving. As reported Thursday by the Capitol Bureau’s Micheal McNutt, Rep. Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa, put language into a Senate bill that would prohibit a person from driving and using an electronic device to write, send or read a text.
They could be fined up to $1,000, if ticketed under this version of the bill.
The new language to Senate Bill 1908 is much harsher than the Senate version of the bill. Under the language that Tibbs stripped in a committee meeting on Wednesday, a driver could use an electronic communication device if they were able to obey other traffic laws. A driver could only be ticketed for using a cellular phone if that distraction caused them to break another law. That bill by Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, had already passed the Senate.
SB 1908 passed the House Public Safety Committee and now heads to the full House for consideration. Tibbs is the chairman of the House Committee.
Gov. Brad Henry has already prohibited state employees from texting while driving state vehicles.