New texting bill amendment would ban all handheld mobile devices

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OKLAHOMA CITY - We're all guilty, and we've all heard about the new proposed texting and driving bill, but new amendments may make things tougher for any driver holding onto their phone.

Thanks to the legislature, new laws would crack down on those of us who just won't listen to the warning to stop texting and driving.

"I like to think I'm a little more mature, but I have in the past," driver Luci Perez says.

"These things are addictive, I know they are!" Randy Smith, another driver said.

At some point, we've all done it, or at least had the temptation.

"A split second, anything can change," Michael Denwalt another driver says.

The CDC reports one in five crashes where someone was injured involved distracted driving.

"We're one of the last states to do something about texting and driving," State Rep. Emily Virgin, of District 44 says.

She including a number of other lawmakers want to change that. Two bills, a senate version and a house version, would make it a primary offense to pick up that phone.

"We need to be focused on keeping ourselves safe and keeping others drives safe, not posting to Facebook," Virgin says.

The new law would make it illegal to post on social media, including Snapchat and Facebook, and in a new senate version, answering a call on a handheld device, could get you a ticket.

"Ok well that changes a lot right there! Ok well yeah, I'm for that!" Smith said.

"If a cop catches you doing it, people might be a little more conscious and careful about it," Perez says.

"I say ban it, be on with it, break down on it, give a ticket I don't care!" Denwalt said.

Some are not too quick to say yes, saying it could be a privacy issue involving phone records, but lawmakers for the bill say nothing will change.

"The proof they would have to offer if someone challenged it in court, would be the officer's testimony, just like it is in pretty much any other traffic violation," Virgin says.

The two bills are still making their way through the process with the amended changes.

One of the bills was re-named the "Trooper Nicholas Dees and Trooper Keith Burch Act of 2015", after the person who caused their accident was found to be on social media.

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