Everything You Need to Know About Oklahoma Driving Laws
Driving and traffic laws vary greatly from state to state, and Oklahoma is no exception. From insurance claims to DUI offenses and specific driving regulations for teens and seniors, Tulsa lawyers have to be intimately familiar with state laws in order to best represent local cases.
Here are a few of the major driving laws specific to Oklahoma, and how Tulsa lawyers can help you in the event of a dispute or emergency.
- Texting and Driving
As of November 2015, Oklahoma has banned texting communications while operating a moving vehicle. Offenders may be subject to $100 fines. Every time you text, your eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds at a time. Traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hour, it would take just five seconds to cover the length of an entire football field. At any speed, that’s a dangerous distance to be driving without looking at the road.
- Drinking and Driving
It’s estimated that some 300,000 people drive drunk every day, but only 4,000 of them are arrested for their actions. In Oklahoma, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08 for adults over 21, but it is a “zero tolerance” state for drivers under 21 caught with alcohol in their systems. There are also laws of implied consent for BAC tests, meaning that if you refuse to take one, you could be automatically subjected to penalties, fines, and license suspensions.
- Insurance Requirements
Like most other states, your vehicle must be insured in order to be on the road. There is approximately one car accident every 10 seconds in the United States, or around six million every year. The minimum coverage for Oklahoma car insurance is $25,000/$50,000 for personal injury and $25,000 for property damage, though drivers are not necessarily required to carry an SR-22 document with them.
When you have questions about your driving rights behind the wheel, whether it’s because of a truck accident, DUI charge, or cell phone ticket, always talk with Tulsa lawyers who understand the state rules and regulations. Local expertise and community connections can go a long way in getting you the help you need and the justice you deserve.