President Pro Tempore
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 20, 2014
Senate committee passes bipartisan bill
to end cell phone use in school zones
The Senate Public Safety Committee passed legislation
Thursday barring cell phone use in Oklahoma school zones.
Senate Bill 1601 makes it illegal for anyone operating a motor
vehicle to use a wireless communications device in a school zone.
The bill does not apply to cars that are stopped, drivers who are
using hands free devices or specifically-listed emergency calls.
“Our state has a distracted driving law, but few drivers
know about it and the consequences can be deadly,” said Senate
President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, author of the bill. “As
technology continues to advance, there are numerous ways drivers
can continue to use mobile devices while driving that are safe and
keep their eyes on the road. Our children’s safety has to
be our utmost concern.”
Drivers who violate the provisions of this law shall face fines
up to $250 per offense. However, if the violation results in an
accident, the fine may be raised to not more than $500.
“If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s
working to keep Oklahoma’s children safe,” said Senate
Minority Leader Sean Burrage, who carried the bill in committee.
“The goal of this bill is to protect our kids from distracted
drivers in what is clearly meant to be a zone of safety around our
This bipartisan effort is based on similar laws in Arkansas and
The bill passed the Senate committee unanimously and will now move
to the full Senate for further consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5605