Driving laws are put in place to ensure that all motorists on the road remain safe and abide by the same set of rules. While it may be easy to remember the basics, such as speed limits and traffic signals, there are certain driving laws in Oklahoma that many people may not know about. In this blog post, we'll discuss five unique driving laws that every driver needs to know before getting behind the wheel.
1. Bicyclists Have the Same Rights as Cars
Oklahoma law requires motorists to give bicyclists the same amount of space and respect as they would any other vehicle on the road. Motorists must not pass bicyclists too closely or drive recklessly around them. According to §47-11-1202:
“Every person riding a bicycle or motorized scooter upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this title, except as to special regulations in this article and except to those provisions of this title which by their nature can have no application.”
The latter exceptions generally apply to situations in which it is impossible for a bicyclist to adhere to vehicle law, such as pedaling over the minimum speed limit (which may still be too fast for a bicycle) and maintaining a turn signal throughout the duration of a turn (when bicyclists need both hands to steer).
2. No Texting & Driving
Oklahoma has banned texting while driving, one of the leading causes of distracted driving-related car accidents. §47-11-901b states, “The operator of every vehicle, while driving, shall devote their full time and attention to such driving.” The following statute goes on to further clarify the unlawful use of a cell phone.
While law enforcement cannot issue citations to someone for distracted driving, they can issue them if the driver’s inattention results in an accident or causes them to drive erratically. To avoid getting pulled over and fined for cell phone use, it’s best to keep your phone tucked away while you’re behind the wheel.
3. Left-Lane Law
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck behind someone who won’t let you pass on the highway, then you know how frustrating it can be! Luckily, Oklahoma has implemented a left-lane law which prohibits left-lane use except for in specific situations:
- Passing to overtake another vehicle
- Road conditions/traffic/construction make it necessary
4. Move Over Law
Oklahoma also has a “Move Over” law which requires drivers to change lanes when approaching emergency vehicles with flashing lights (or slow down significantly if
changing lanes isn’t possible). Drivers need to be aware that this law applies not only to police cars but also ambulances, maintenance vehicles, tow trucks and motorists that may have hazards on! Failing to move over or slowing down could result in hefty fines or even jail time in some cases so it’s important for drivers to be mindful of their surroundings while they’re on the road.
5. Motorcycle Helmet Law
Finally, motorcycle riders in Oklahoma should be aware that wearing helmets is not required by law unless they meet certain criteria (e.g., someone under the age of 18). While adults are not required to wear helmets, they are legally required to wear some kind of protection for their eyes, such as goggles, glasses or a windscreen on their motorcycle.
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