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Thu April 22, 2010

Texting Ban Urged

Oklahoma City, OK – Parents of teen killed in crash urge texting ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The parents of a 17-year-old Texas girl killed in a car accident while texting on her mobile phone are pushing for a texting ban in Oklahoma.

Johnny Mac and Jeanne Brown of Wellman, Texas, visited the state Capitol on Thursday to support a bill pending in the Senate to prohibit texting while driving. Their daughter Alex died in a one-car crash five miles from their home in November 2009.

The bill by Rep. Sue Tibbs also would outlaw mobile phone use altogether by young people with restricted driver's licenses. Violators could be fined up to $1,000.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee said Thursday he prefers an earlier version of the bill that would penalize drivers who violate other traffic laws while using a cell phone to send text messages.

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