Cell phone ban for an Oklahoma town?
vNews in Oklahoma is raving about the town of Duncan talking about banning the use of cell phone in their cars. Duncan is a town in Stephens Country located approximately 30 miles East of Lawton or 90 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. This town rich in history of cowboys, cattlemen, and oil giants is facing a reality that many states have already adopted.
According to NewsOK, “the state House of Representatives on Thursday heard opinions on the issue. During the 2009 legislative session, a measure that would have prohibited the use of hand-held mobile devices while driving made progress through house committees, but never made it to a vote. “
The town would face signs on the main highways leading toward the city and police would then inform people of the new state law. City Manager Clyde Shaw said he is not aware of any other Oklahoma communities that have taken this kind of action.
According to another recent blog posted by a legal intern, drivers who text are 23 times more likely to get in an accident than others. The dangers of text messaging while driving brought up the discussion for towns to rethink the use of mobile phones in vehicles.
California, Connecticut, Oregon, Virgin Islands Washington, parts of Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania all prohibit the use of handheld devices while driving this was found by the Governors Highway Safety Association. (GHSA) Louisiana passed three different cell phone laws addressing teen driver.
According to NewOK city council members will vote Tuesday to ban drivers from using cell phones as state lawmakers look into whither it’s an issue on roads and how to best address it.