Oklahoma Text Messaging and Cell Phone Laws

Oklahoma prohbits distracted driving; texting and cell phone use may be penalized.

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Legal Change as of 2015: In May 2015, Oklahama became the 46th state to ban texting while driving. The law, which goes into effect on November 1, 2015, prohibits texting while operating a motor vehicle and includes a $100 fine for offenders.

Prior to November 1, 2015, although Oklahoma did not specifically prohibit cell phone use or texting while driving, there is a statewide prohibition against distracted driving. The law references distracted driving as follows:

"The operator of every vehicle, while driving, shall devote their full time and attention to such driving." "No law enforcement officer shall issue a citation under this section unless the law enforcement officer observes that the operator of the vehicle is involved in an accident or observes the operator of the vehicle driving in such a manner that poses an articulable danger to other persons on the roadway that is not otherwise specified in statute."

In other words, a driver will not be pulled over and ticketed for text messaging or using a cell phone unless the officer observes that the driver is posing a safety threat to others.

Texting Laws

Novice drivers in Oklahoma - drivers with permits or graduated licenses -- risk suspension or loss of license if they text or use a handheld cell phone.

Bus Drivers

Bus drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Read Oklahoma’s distracted driving law (state website).

Other Oklahoma Information

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