By Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Council is holding a public hearing next week to consider an ordinance that would outlaw texting and driving to bring the city in line with a new state law prohibiting the same activity that takes effect Nov. 1.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/1KemgtU ) the city’s ordinance would route violations through Municipal Court. The hearing is Aug. 18.

Under the ordinance, drivers would be allowed to dictate text messages, but typing a message while the car is in motion will be against the law. There are limited exceptions for emergencies.

The fine is $100, but after deducting fees taken by the state, the city would collect $81 from each paid citation.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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