Bill Could Ban Texting and Driving in Oklahoma

Texting while driving is illegal in 41 states. Oklahoma could be the next state to join that list.

Senate Bill 442 by Senator Ron Sharp approved legislation Wednesday which would make it illegal for drivers to send or read a text while driving.

"Too many Oklahomans are tragically being killed or killing others because they are texting and driving," Sharp said.

"Studies have repeatedly shown that texting while driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving. We've outlawed drinking and driving, now it's time we put a stop to this dangerous behavior as well before more lives are senselessly lost," Sharp said.

If the law is eventually passed, those in violation would have to pay a fine of reportedly no more than $500, including court costs. The fine for a first offense would be more than $30.

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reported that there were at least 11,000 crashes in 2012 caused by distracted drivers.