Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Jan 11, 2017 in Auto Accidents
There was a decrease in distracted driving accidents involving electronic devices after the state's ban on texting and driving took effect, according to new statistics from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
In a nine-month period after the law took effect on Nov. 1, 2015, there were 422 of these types of accidents. That is 116 accidents less than the same nine-month period one year prior.
The total number of distracted driving crashes also decreased in the nine-month period after the texting and driving ban took effect, going from 1,291 to 1,129. The total number of fatal distracted driving crashes also decreased from 10 to 7.
The numbers prove that Oklahoma's texting and driving ban is working, according to Chuck Mai, AAA Oklahoma spokesman. The ban is saving lives and sparing families the anguish from traffic collisions.
Unfortunately, authorities are having a tough time enforcing the ban because they cannot issue citations unless drivers admit to texting and driving.
Oklahoma residents could soon face more restrictions on the use of electronic devices while driving. State Sen. Ron Sharp recently proposed a bill to institute a ban on the use of hand-held cellphones while driving and the legislature will consider it in February. If the law is passed, Oklahoma would become the 15th state in the nation to institute such a ban.
If you have been severely injured or lost a loved one in a distracted driving car accident, contact the Oklahoma City car accident lawyers at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings for a free, no obligation legal consultation. We are committed to obtaining compensation for all of the damages you have experienced, including:
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