Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 5, 2015
Sen. Ervin Yen
Sen. Yen comments on texting ban becoming
Yen was among several lawmakers who filed legislation this session
to ban texting while driving. Yen, a cardiac anesthesiologist, was
successful in amending the final bill approved by both chambers
to make the ban of hand-held electronic devices while driving enforceable
as a primary offense. Yen, R-Oklahoma City, issued the following
statement after Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1965 into law.
“I think making Oklahoma’s texting ban enforceable as
a primary offense will make a huge difference, and research backs
that up. A study released last year by the University of Alabama
at Birmingham School of Public Health looked at the texting bans
that were on the books around the country and found states with
primary-enforcement laws saw an overall reduction of three percent
in traffic fatalities. For young drivers between 15 and 21, there
was an 11 percent reduction in fatalities. That’s huge. But
states that only had secondary enforcement saw virtually no change.
Primary enforcement saves lives.
“This was simply the right thing to do for the people of this
state. I want to thank my fellow members in the Senate and in the
House for supporting this ban as a primary offense, and I want to
thank Governor Fallin for signing it into law. I believe this will
save lives.”—Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City.
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