Oklahoma Senate Bills and Public Safety

Oklahoma Senate Bills and Public Safety.  by Terence Morris, Founder, PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION.  Apr 15, 2017 11:03 AM.feed-icon-28x28

It is very important that as Pedestrian Awareness Crosswalk Education safety advocates that each one of us stays in the know when it comes to Crosswalk Safety Education and Public Transportation Policy.

As of April 15, 2017, the Oklahoma State Legislature has introduced legislation related to these traffic safety topics: Aggressive Driving, Automated Enforcement/Photo Monitoring, Child Passenger Protection, Distracted Driving, Driver’s Licensing, Impaired Driving, Motorcycle Safety, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, School Bus Safety, Seat-belts and Occupant Protection, Senior Drivers Issues, Slow-Medium speed vehicles, Speed Limits, and Teen Driver Issues.  However, in this article I am only going to address the legislation that is related to the Governor’s Highway Safety Office Publication that reported decreased retention numbers in Oklahoma for the following categories because these are the areas where any legislation discuss, voted on & passed into law can have the most significant impact as it relates to decreasing Pedestrian Fatalities in Pedestrian Crosswalk Intersections:

[1] Number of Traffic Fatalities (FARS) in Oklahoma

[2] Number of Serious Injuries (State Data) in Oklahoma

[3] Fatality Rates for Vehicle Miles Traveled (FARS) in Oklahoma

[4] Unrestrained Fatalities, all seating positions (FARS) in Oklahoma

OK S 44
2017
Texting and Driving

Status: Pending – Senate Public Safety Committee
Date of Last Action: 2/6/2017
Author: Sharp (R)
Topics: Distracted Driving
Summary: Relates to texting and driving, relates to text messaging, modifies inclusions, provides exception, deletes certain definitions, provides an effective date.

History: Click for History
12/22/2016 – PREFILED.
02/06/2017 – INTRODUCED.
02/07/2017 – To SENATE Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY.
*It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle on any street or highway within this state while using a hand-held electronic communication device while the motor vehicle is in motion.

OK S 53
2017
Motorcycles

Status: Pending – HOUSE
Date of Last Action: 2/6/2017
Author: Fry (R)
Topics: Motorcycle Safety
Summary: Relates to motorcycles, relates to headlamps on motorcycles, modifies allowances, provides an effective date.

History: Click for History

*Every motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one headlamp emitting a white light which shall comply with the applicable requirements and limitations.  Every headlamp upon every motorcycle shall be located at a height of not more than fifty-four (54) inches nor less than twenty-two (22) inches to be measured.


OK S 69
2017
Driving Under the Influence

Status: Pending – Senate Public Safety Committee
Date of Last Action: 2/6/2017
Author: Allen (R)
Topics: Impaired Driving
Summary: Relates to driving under the influence, relates to penalty for persons under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substance, specifies certain inclusions, provides an effective date.

History: Click for History

*It is unlawful and punishable as provided in this section for any person to drive, operate, or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle within this state, whether upon public roads, highways, streets, turnpikes, other public places or upon any private road, street, alley or lane which provides access to one or more single or multi-family dwellings, who:

1. Has a blood or breath alcohol concentration, as defined in Section 756 of this title, of eight-hundredths (0.08) or more at the time of a test of such person’s blood or breath administered within two (2) hours after the arrest of such person;

2. Has, as shown by analysis of such person’s blood, blood containing five (5) nanograms or more of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol per milliliter in whole blood;


Safety Belts

Status: Pending – Senate Appropriations Committee
Date of Last Action: 2/6/2017
Author: Yen (R)
Topics: Seatbelts and Occupant Protection
Summary: Relates to safety belts, relates to safety belt requirements, modifies fine, provides an effective date.

History: Click for History
*Every operator and front seat passenger of a Class A commercial motor vehicle, Class B commercial motor vehicle, Class C commercial motor vehicle or a passenger vehicle operated in this state shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, required to be installed in the motor vehicle when manufactured.
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be fined One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), to be collected by the court clerk without assessment of any costs or fees, and deposited to the Department of Public Safety Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy Fund to further the interests of public safety including, but not limited to, hiring new troopers, purchasing equipment and training. The collection of these fees is intended to augment the state’s appropriation for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Revolving Fund.
With the passage of these four pieces of legislation Pedestrian Crosswalk Intersection and Motor Vehicle Driving fatalities could see decreases in our State.
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