Signing off on Oklahoma texting law

Gov. Mary Fallin signs texting bill into law

Gov. Mary Fallin signs Oklahoma’s texting & driving legislation into law May 5. Members of the families of state Troopers Nicholas Dees and Keith Burch stood by her side. Dees was killed in late January in a roadway incident officials linked to a distracted driver; Burch was seriously injured and could not attend due to his condition. The bill was named after the lawmen. Dees’ father, a retired trooper, attended the signing ceremony along with the slain trooper’s widow. Burch was represented by his wife.

Oklahoma’s new texting law goes into effect Nov. 1 with $100 fines.

Read more about the Oklahoma texting & driving law
Read more about distracted driving in Oklahoma

(Photo via governor’s office)


  1. Raylin Sutter says:

    Texting and driving is so dangerous, especially in Oklahoma. My son was driving out to Slaughterville and his girlfriend was texting him. He made the decision to text back and ended up going off the gravel road and into a tree. Luckily, he was going slow enough that he wasn’t injured. He now understands that it is dangerous.

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