Senator Debbe Leftwich
Senate District 44
For Immediate Release: February 19, 2008
Sen. Debbe Leftwich
Bill Would Authorize GPS Use to Protect
Victims of Violence and Stalking
OKLAHOMA CITY- A bill proposing the use of
a Global Positioning System (GPS) to protect domestic abuse victims
passed out of the Judiciary Committee today. Senator Debbe
author of Senate Bill 2163, said the bill makes smart use of
Leftwich, a Democrat from Oklahoma City, said it is a responsible
to employ all available technology to protect Oklahoma citizens.
"This law utilizes the power of cutting-edge technology to provide
a higher level of defense and protection to victims of domestic
abuse in Oklahoma,” Leftwich said. “Too many victims
continue to be harassed and preyed upon even after successfully
obtaining a court-issued restraining order against their abusers.”
Leftwich said the GPS devices will also be court-issued and
will automatically notify both the authorities and the victim
should an offender violate geographic boundaries set by the court.
Offenders will also be responsible for the expense of the GPS
bracelet, which is estimated to cost $4.50 per person per day.
Marcia Smith, executive director of the Oklahoma Coalition Against
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, said her agency is highly
supportive of the Leftwich bill because it can help prevent future
violence and abuse from happening.
"This law offers another critical safety enhancement to
victims of abuse,” Smith said. “Perpetrators use
technology to stalk victims. This legislation allows technology
to be used as a protection mechanism.”
Smith said Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported there
are about 25,000 domestic abuse calls every year in Oklahoma
and victim service organizations, shelters and crisis centers,
saw over 17,000 last year, including victims and children.
Leftwich said SB 2163 puts added responsibility on the offender.
"Every day in Oklahoma, victims of domestic assault are chased
away from their homes and jobs and live in a constant state of
fear because of abusers who repeatedly violate court orders,” Leftwich
said. “The use of GPS will help victims restore order to
their lives and help protect them from further abuse.”
For more information contact:
Senator Leftwich's Office: (405) 521-5557