It can wait
I was bicycling around Lake Hefner recently when I was passed by a car driven by a 20-something woman, who was staring at a cellphone she was holding in front of her face. This occurred on the road that goes along the dam on the north side of the lake. This road is narrow enough that vehicles can travel in one direction only. On the lake side of the road is a rock wall. On the other side is a cable fence. I was in the biking lane next to the cable barrier and she passed within 3 feet of me going the opposite direction. If she had drifted into my bicycle lane, I would have had nowhere to go. Staring at your cellphone while driving is illegal in Oklahoma, whether you are reading text or watching a video or looking at photos. Please do not do this. You could kill a pedestrian, a jogger, an inline skater or a bicycler. We have all seen drivers distracted by an electronic device driving as if they are drunk, drifting in and out of their lane. The Legislature has passed a law, but obviously many Oklahomans still disobey it. Deaths have decreased, but we must do better. Remember: It can wait!
Ervin Yen, Oklahoma City Yen, a Republican, is a member of the Oklahoma Senate.