Oklahoma Lawmaker Proposes Texting Ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state lawmaker aims to put a stop to the practice of driving and texting.

Flanked by members of law enforcement, health officials and insurance and wireless telephone company executives, state Rep. Danny Morgan introduced a bill to achieve that end on Wednesday.

The Prague Democrat says teenage drivers and those driving through construction or school zones would be prohibited from using wireless phones altogether.
Morgan says he anticipates bipartisan support for his measure and dismissed the contention that the bill infringes upon personal liberty. He said driving in Oklahoma is a responsibility, "not a God-given right."

Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman George Brown says texting while driving has led to numerous fatalities in the state.