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Is Texting While Driving Illegal in Tulsa?

Posted onMarch 6, 2019
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Oklahoma is now the 46th state in the country to prohibit texting while driving. HB 1965 was guided through the legislature and signed off by the governor. It took the death of one Oklahoma State Trooper and serious injuries to another for the state’s legislature to finally prohibit texting while driving on any roadway in the state. As per personal injury lawyer Patrick Wandres in Tulsa, texting while driving is distracted driving, and awareness needs to be promoted about distracted driving.

The New Law

It’s now against Oklahoma law for any driver to use a cellular device on any roadway in Oklahoma when a vehicle is in motion. That includes Tulsa. Just pull over into a parking lot to send or read a text. That will keep other drivers safe while you keep yourself out of trouble.

The Virginia Tech Study

Texting and driving can easily lead to a tragic car crash. A recent study at the Virginia Tech Traffic Safety Institute revealed that when texting and driving, drivers are 23 times more likely to be in a crash than other drivers. It was reported that when a driver is texting and driving for five seconds at 55 mph, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with their eyes closed. The current penalty for texting and driving in Oklahoma is $100 plus court costs.

If you’re searching for an auto accident lawyer involving a texting or otherwise distracted driver anywhere in Oklahoma, contact Patrick Wandres at Wandres Law, P.C. in Tulsa, OK. Just ask to arrange a free consultation and case review. Don’t give any kind of statement to the opposing insurance company. They will only try to use your words against you in the future. Politely refuse to give that statement and contact Wandres Law, P.C. on 918-641-4044. We’ll provide you with the advocacy, experience and support that you need. We don’t even charge any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. There’s no reason not to contact Wandres Law, P.C. after any car accident.

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