Okla. House committee approves texting ban

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to outlaw texting while driving has been approved by a House committee.

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday approved the bill that would make it illegal for anyone to "compose, send, or read a text-based communication while the motor vehicle is in motion." If approved by the House Calendar Committee, the bill will next head to the full House for a vote.

The measure by Smithville Democratic Rep. Curtis McDaniel would impose a fine of up to $500 for violations.

The bill specifically exempts texts to emergency responders, medical providers, firefighters and law enforcement.

Although a texting ban currently is in place for teen drivers, it does not apply to all motorists.

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Online:

House Bill 1503: http://bit.ly/WNtnni

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