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Push To Outlaw Texting & Driving Grows

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Previous bills for change have flown by faster than cars on the highway, but after years of trying to get tough on texting while driving, Oklahoma may finally be driving towards progress.

"This year we've got several sponsors," said Officer Craig Murray of the Tulsa Police Department.

Several, as in nine legislators proposing bills that tackle the topic, most of them making it illegal, one actually requiring that on holidays those big boards on highways would flash messages against texting and driving.

"By taking your eyes off the road and looking down at something that few split seconds could mean life or death," he said.

Cristina Rubio knows exactly what he means.

"Looked down at my phone for a split second and before I even knew it, I had took down a brick wall and rolled three times," she said.

Texting is those things, AAA found, that people know is risky, but don't think anything bad will happen to them.

"Surveyed drivers across the United States, 95% of those said that they thought texting while driving was dangerous, 27% of those same people said, I've done it in the last 30 days," said Daniel Karnes of AAA.

"It's easy to think that we can multitask," said Murray.

"I had enough time to type three words, and I didn't know what happened I was just rolling," said Rubio.

"It's dangerous, it's just as dangerous as driving under the influence, we have a law for that, people don't do it and if they do they go to jail, we need the same for texting while driving," said Karnes

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