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Texting driver runs into police car

Texting Driver Runs Into Police Car

A police officer in Midwest City, Oklahoma, is safe after police say a distracted driver slammed into his car. "Good Morning America" has the dash cam video.

He was 'nearly plowed down by a driver who was texting behind the wheel. The officer was on a routine traffic stop and thankfully, look at him, jumped out of the way just in the nick of time.'

According to police, the driver who ran into the officer's car was driving in the same lane as the traffic stop. Police say the woman driving did not see the police car while she was allegedly texting.

Luckily, the officer wasn't hurt. The city's police chief told KFOR the officer might have saved himself from injury by parking with his tires pointed toward the road.

'In this particular case, that's probably what saved his life or prevented him from being hurt, because when she crashed in the back of the patrol car, it shot it at an angle instead of going straight. By the grace of God, we're lucky we didn't lose an officer that day.'

KOKH reports the police car and the car that ran into it were totaled. Both the driver responsible for the collision and the person the officer had pulled over were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The driver was ticketed for distracted driving and faces a nearly $300 fine. Texting while driving in Oklahoma is only illegal for drivers with learner's permits and intermediate licenses.

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sjpxmas April 10 2014 at 4:46 PM

difficult to find sane people

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Steven April 10 2014 at 11:16 AM

There is WAYY to many people STILL talking and texting while driving. People these days can't even raise children properly let alone multitasking while driving!! WWe

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blo2thehead April 10 2014 at 11:30 AM

Bicycles don't belong on the road without safety protection from injuries.

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gramargo blo2thehead April 10 2014 at 6:57 PM

Bicycles are vehicles and riders must obey traffic laws. Riders in most places must wear helmets. What other protective gear do you think they should be required to wear?
Drivers of other vehicles are also supposed to obey traffic laws and to pay close attention to what's gong on around them. This means they should take care not to run bicyclists off the road or to brush them and knock them over, as too often happens. In our town we had a man (turned out he was quite drunk) hit a woman and her daughter as they rode in a bicycle lane, then hit and kill a man a few blocks farther along who was well out of traffic lanes on a very wide section of the road. The man then kept driving home, but was followed and arrested. This person texting could have easily committed the same crime if there'd been someone on a bike in that spot.

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kpsra April 10 2014 at 11:37 AM

wow..$300 thats it? Might be better to get people to stop texting to make the fine in the $1000s or if you are in an accident make the fine in the $1000s, wont stop everyone but might make a few more think twice.

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gdl4974 April 10 2014 at 11:48 AM

texting should be ban period. As it is even talking on the cell phone is dangerous sometimes been on the cell phone is like been zombizede.. I recall when cell phones were not available. The world worked better than today. We had more time to do things.. Now is Like a Drug.. I do have a cell phone and I do use it to talk only not to text. Is faster for me to be on the phone and get my say than texting. TEXTING SHOULD BE ON EXTREME EMERGENCIES.. THERE IS HORRIFIC ACCIDENTS ON ACCOUNT OF TEXTING. TEXTING IS A WEAPON..

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akiva321 gdl4974 April 10 2014 at 12:02 PM

Just because it's not your preferred form of communication doesn't mean that it should be banned. Texting is not a weapon. Stupid people behind the wheel are the weapon. Go back to yelling at kids to get off your lawn.

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lylenpat April 10 2014 at 12:06 PM

Heck, Texting while driving is illegal in Colorado but- - - - - I drive down Powers Blvd every day an you can see the phones on the steering wheel just texting away. It's either that, or they pull out of their drive way with the phone stuck in their ear all the way to their destination. $300.00 fine, it's BS, How about the law makers get into their pockets, say, $3,000.00 the first time, $30,000.00 the second time, and regardless, 1000 hours of community service holding a sign along side the roadways, "HEY I AM AN IDIOT, I ENDANGER PEOPLE BECAUSE I AM TEXTING ALL THE TIME I AM DRIVING." Of course I am sure that some idiots will claim a violation to any of the 27 Amendments to the constitution. Of course, if I am the one hit, I have no right to "LIFE LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

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rwilliamhoward lylenpat April 10 2014 at 12:30 PM

Of course not... That's in the Declaration of Independence.

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momsname17 April 10 2014 at 8:59 PM

Thank God the officer is ok,and the others also

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lylenpat April 10 2014 at 12:25 PM

P.S. If you watch the link, the idiot driver just killed all her friends, not to say anything of the truck drivers injuries, which were probably minor, considering the size of the truck. Only problem is, the truck driver will have that image in his mind of those kids dying, for the rest of his/her life.

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rwilliamhoward April 10 2014 at 12:28 PM

WE, in AZ have a law that says 'MOVE OVER' when you aproach any vehicle with lights flashing. Of course, it would not help in this case. I can't understand why anyone would be peering at a tiny screen, holding a TEXT converstaion at 50 or more MPH! Or at ANY speed. Talking on the 'phone is bad enough. Remember when there WAS NO SUCH THING? Even IMTS (mid-'60's) took too much 'doing' to do it while driving.

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envoyltd April 10 2014 at 9:35 PM

That officer did his job properly. Pulling people over is one of the most dangerous part of a cops job. He saw the hazard coming and reacted. He saved his life using the training from the police accadamy.

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