Newly Proposed Bill Hopes to Reduce Distracted Driving in Honor of Owassa School Teacher Bobbi White
Senator J.J Dossett has taken measurable action in efforts to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in Oklahoma regarding distracted driving car accidents. Dossett has proposed the “The Bobbi White Act,” in honor of an Owassa Middle School teacher who was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident last May by a distracted driver.
The “Bobbi White Act” aims to outlaw the manual use of all handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle in Oklahoma. This law would ban the widespread use of handheld devices regardless of their purpose; the only exception being the device does not require the use of the drivers’ hands.
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Too many lives are taken every year due to the carelessness of distracted driving. What’s even more heartbreaking is knowing these accidents could have been prevented if motorists had obeyed the law.
Despite texting and driving being illegal in the state of Oklahoma, it still occurs frequently. Here at Graves McLain, we want to heighten the awareness of distracted driving and the consequences this selfish act carries.
Below are some shocking statistics on texting and driving that reveal the severity of this careless act according to DistractedDrivingAccidents.com:
- Every year, more than 2.5 million Americans are involved in road accidents.
- 6 million of these were related to a cellphone.
- Texting and driving is 6x more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving
- 78% of distracted drivers are distracted by texting
- The chances of being involved in a car accident is increased 23x when you are texting
- Every day, 11 teenagers will die due to texting and driving
Next time you get behind the wheel, please think about your safety, as well as the safety of the motorists around you. No text message is worth a life. Don’t use your mobile device when driving.
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident that was not your fault, call Graves McLain at 918-359-6600. When you call our local Tulsa Oklahoma personal injury law firm, you will speak with an experienced Oklahoma Car Accident attorney absolutely FREE. Our attorneys will investigate every detail of your accident and fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected.
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