Enid Police Department Addresses Distracted Driving


The Enid Police Department has addressed a rapidly growing issue of distracted driving.

Distracted driving describes any activity that diverts your attention from the road including eating, drinking, using the radio or navigation apps, texting or talking on the phone or interacting with passengers.

Between 2012 and 2021, distracted driving was cited as the cause of 79,670 crashes in Oklahoma. 421 people were killed in those crashes and 71% of the people killed were not the drivers who were distracted.

Across the nation, an estimated 661,000 drivers use their phones during the day.

Oklahoma law requires drivers to place their full attention on the road. As of 2015, it is illegal to text and drive in Oklahoma; with a potential fine of $100. Penance can be higher if distracted driving causes a crash, injury or fatality.