Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2006
Sen. Clark Jolley
Bill to Encourage Safer Driving by Teens Clears Senate
learner’s permits could soon face restrictions
on cell phone use while driving. That’s the focus
of legislation approved by the State Senate on Thursday.
Jolley is the author of Senate Bill 1542. He said
it was important for new drivers to focus on the road
instead of their cell phones.
“We’ve seen recent studies that discuss
the high incidence of accidents by young drivers and
the high correlation to the use of cell phones and the
distraction that causes,” said Jolley, R-Edmond.
“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says
that motorists that use cell phones are four times more
likely to have a crash than those who don’t—when
you take that into consideration, it seems obvious that
drivers don’t need to be taking additional risks
by trying to drive while making calls on a cell phone.”
Jolley said while other states have adopted provisions
addressing this safety concern, Oklahoma has yet to
“We need to encourage our newest drivers who are
just starting to learn to drive to actually keep their
eyes on the road and hands on the wheel instead of text
messaging their friends,” Jolley said.
The measure would still allow teens to use phones equipped
with hands-free headsets.
SB 1542 now moves to the House of Representatives for
more information contact:
Senator Jolley's Office - (405) 521-5622