Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Release: August 20, 2008
Sen. Leftwich Says New GPS Law Will Protect Women
State Sen. Debbe
Leftwich said a new law to help curtail attacks on women marks a significant
change in how Oklahoma deals with domestic violence. Leftwich was present
when Gov. Brad Henry conducted a ceremonial bill signing of SB 2163 at
the State Capitol on Wednesday. Leftwich said the statute will take advantage
of Global Positioning System Technology (GPS) to better protect domestic
“According to the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board,
our state is tenth in the nation for women murdered by men. Most of those
women were in the process of trying to leave their abusers when they were
killed, and many had obtained Orders of Protection,” said Leftwich,
D-Oklahoma City. “Too often, that piece of paper does nothing to
deter abusers from attacking again.”
In 20 percent of domestic homicides reviewed, Orders of Protection had
been utilized. In 67 percent of the cases where a protective order was
active at the time of the homicide, the defendant had violated the order
prior to the homicide.
“We need to be able to create a zone of safety for these women.
With GPS tracking, we can do that,” Leftwich said.
The devices, which will be court-issued, will automatically notify both
the victim and law enforcement officials if the perpetrator violates the
geographic boundaries set by the court.
“Basically, this helps create an electronic zone of safety and a
way to prevent another attack should the abuser violate those boundaries,”
Leftwich said. “By using GPS, we are taking a proactive approach
toward domestic abuse, and hopefully we’ll be able to save lives.”
For more information
Sen. Leftwich's Office: (405) 521-5557