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Texting and driving banned under proposed law

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma state representative is introducing a bill that aims at keeping drivers safe on the road.

Rep. Curtis McDaniel created House Bill 1503, which outlaws texting while driving.

The bill exempts texts to emergency response operators, medical providers, firefighters and law enforcement.

 “It is well-documented that texting and driving is as dangerous or more dangerous than driving under the influence, yet only DUIs are currently illegal,” said McDaniel. “No one wants to see a death caused by distracted driving.”

Drivers who are caught texting and driving could face a $500 fine under the law.

The legislative session will convene Feb. 4.