Tulsa City Council Urges Ban Against Texting And Driving

Thursday, October 8th 2009, 9:34 pm
By: News On 6

The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The city of Tulsa takes a step toward banning "driving while intexticated."

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Tulsa City Council voted to urge the state to ban texting behind the wheel. If not, they want the power turned over to cities - so Tulsa can outlaw texting while driving in the city limits.

The vote came after the state House Public Safety Committee convened a hearing on Thursday to take testimony from law enforcement and public safety advocates on the seriousness of the problem in the state.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has launched a campaign to pass laws banning text messaging while driving in all 50 states. A law prohibiting texting or sending e-mail while driving went into effect in Arkansas last week.

Read the resolution against texting behind the wheel.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.