Practice Safe Text: Preparing Oklahomans for the new texting and driving ban

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OKLAHOMA — The Oklahoma Safety Council has launched a campaign called Practice Safe Text.

The campaign is meant to raise awareness about the texting while driving ban going into effect Nov. 1.

Trooper Keith Burch was injured and Trooper Nicholas Dees was killed in a texting while driving incident. Governor Mary Fallin signed a law in their honor to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by using a mobile phone while driving a vehicle.

Under the new law, drivers can be pulled over for texting while driving and fined $100.

To spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving, the OSC is offering information kits that include breakroom posters, payroll stuffers, email templates, social media images and messages, and an FAQ sheet.

“Our hope for Practice Safe Text is to catch people’s attention and motivate them to stop texting while driving,” said Dave Koeneke, executive director of the Oklahoma Safety Council. “We’re committed to raising awareness about this new law and improving public safety, but we need the public’s help. Please help share our message – Practice Safe Text.”

Click here to find answers to frequently asked questions about the new law.

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