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Texting and driving law in effect Nov. 1

LAWTON, Okla._A reminder about a new law set to take effect this Sunday that will make it illegal to text and drive in Oklahoma.

Thursday evening, AAA teamed up with lawmakers, local law enforcement, and other groups to share this message: you drive, you text, you pay. The law is named in honor of Troopers Nicholas Dees and Keith Burch. Dees was killed earlier this year by a driver who was texting while Trooper Burch was severely injured in the same crash.

"We are really focusing on the younger generation. We got to start somewhere. This is a great bill to start with and unfortunately it took Trooper Dees, he lost his life in an accident in Oklahoma City by a guy texting and driving,” Lawton Senator Randy Bass said.

The new law doesn't only ban texting.

Drivers caught emailing, instant messaging, and video and picture messaging, can also be fined up to $100.

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