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New OK Law Hopes to Discourage Distracted Driving Accidents

By on September 28, 2010 | Posted in: Auto Accident

A new bill, House Bill 2276, was signed into Oklahoma law and will take effect on November 1, 2010 according to ABC news affiliate, KXII. The law is designed to prevent drivers from using electronics while behind the wheel and in turn, prevent car crashes. While not a specific cell phone or texting law, the bill gives law enforcement the power to cite a motorist for use of an electronic device if the officer observes an immediate danger posed by driver inattention. For example, if a police officer sees a driver texting, which is causing him or her to swerve, go off the road or drive too close to other vehicles, that officer may pull the driver over. However, if a driver is using a cell phone but not posing any danger by doing so, he or she will not receive a citation.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety saw a decline in 2007 and 2008 of Oklahoma distracted driving auto accidents; however, in 2009, that rate increased by 20 motorists. Law enforcement as well as state legislators are hoping that the new law will help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and apply safe driving practices on Oklahoma roads and highways.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, you should consider retaining the services of an experienced Oklahoma City car crash attorney. Ray Maples, founder of the Maples Law Firm, has the skill, dedication and resources necessary to hold negligent parties accountable for your injuries. Distracted driving accidents are preventable, so when an individual sustains injury because of another person’s poor decisions, the burden placed on the injured individual can be substantial. Ray Maples can help you understand your rights and options and will fight to ensure that you are compensated fairly for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage and more. Call the Maples Law Firm today at (888) 429-0609 for a free consultation.

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New OK Law Hopes to Discourage Distracted Driving Accidents

A new bill, House Bill 2276, was signed into Oklahoma law and will take effect on November 1, 2010 according to ABC news affiliate, KXII. The law is designed to prevent drivers from using electronics while behind the wheel and in turn, prevent car crashes. While not a specific cell phone or texting law, the bill gives law enforcement the power to cite a motorist for use of an electronic device if the officer observes an immediate danger posed by driver inattention. For example, if a police officer sees a driver texting, which is causing him or her to swerve, go off the road or drive too close to other vehicles, that officer may pull the driver over. However, if a driver is using a cell phone but not posing any danger by doing so, he or she will not receive a citation.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety saw a decline in 2007 and 2008 of Oklahoma distracted driving auto accidents; however, in 2009, that rate increased by 20 motorists. Law enforcement as well as state legislators are hoping that the new law will help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and apply safe driving practices on Oklahoma roads and highways.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, you should consider retaining the services of an experienced Oklahoma City car crash attorney. Ray Maples, founder of the Maples Law Firm, has the skill, dedication and resources necessary to hold negligent parties accountable for your injuries. Distracted driving accidents are preventable, so when an individual sustains injury because of another person’s poor decisions, the burden placed on the injured individual can be substantial. Ray Maples can help you understand your rights and options and will fight to ensure that you are compensated fairly for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage and more. Call the Maples Law Firm today at (888) 429-0609 for a free consultation.

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