- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has defeated legislation to prohibit passengers from riding in the beds of pickup trucks.

The Senate voted 26-10 against the measure Thursday. Its author, Democratic Sen. Earl Garrison of Muskogee, kept the measure alive by announcing plans to reconsider the vote next week.

The measure would prohibit passengers from riding unrestrained in pickup truck beds. Garrison says 28,000 people are killed each year across the nation after being thrown from beds of moving pickup trucks.

Opponents questioned whether the measure was an example of government overreaching its authority. But Garrison says pickup truck passengers should be at least as safe as cattle, which are transported in enclosed trailers.

Garrison says he may amend the bill to apply only to children.



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