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Oklahoma Traffic Laws

Understanding state traffic laws and guidelines is essential for Oklahoma motorists to stay safe on the roads. A refresher on basic driving rules and local ordinances can also help you avoid a ticket and fine from a police officer.

The manual and vehicle codes in the bullets above cover the rules of the road in Oklahoma. The links at the end of this article also go in-depth about the state's laws for specific traffic incidents.

This article and the linked materials will help you learn about:

  • Basic driving rules, like who has the right-of-way, left turns, and making a right turn on a red light
  • Speed limits for varying roadways, including private roads, highways, county roads, and residential areas
  • Crossing paths with an authorized emergency vehicle or school bus
  • Classification levels for offenses like infraction, misdemeanor, or felony
  • Restrictions on using cell phones and sending text messaging while driving
  • Traffic-control signals and devices like stop signs, yield signs, stop lights, and crosswalk signals
  • Special rules for railroad crossings, school zones, and construction areas
  • Penalties for driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, hit and run, and other serious traffic offenses
  • Required vehicle equipment such as headlamps, brake lights, turn signals, and license plates
  • Overtaking vehicles on the right and passing in the right lane

Other Resources for Oklahoma Drivers

The Licenses and IDs section of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) website is a motorist's go-to for driver licensing. Find information on issuance, suspensions, revocations, and reinstatements.

Drivers can check the Oklahoma Transportation website for updates on construction projects, weather advisories, and traffic and rush hour reports. This site also contains a real-time map of Oklahoma Road Conditions.

If you're looking for defensive driving courses or other safety tips and resources, visit the Oklahoma Safety Council.

Table of Oklahoma Traffic Laws

Find common Oklahoma traffic laws and links to their statutes in the table below.

Drinking & Driving Violations Persons under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substance (OK Statutes 47-11-902v1)
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License Class requirements for driver licenses (OK Statutes 47-6-101)
Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient Insurance Proof of financial responsibility (OK Statutes 47-7-201)
Driving Without Registration / With Expired Registration Registration (OK Statutes 47-1-153)
Illegal U-Turn Turning movements and required signals (OK Statutes 47-11-604)
Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & Run Accidents involving non-fatal injury (OK Statutes 47-10-102) Accidents involving death (OK Statutes 47-10-102.1) Accidents involving damage to vehicle (OK Statutes 47-10-103)
Mechanical Violations Vehicle equipment (OK Statutes 47-12-101)
Reckless Driving Reckless driving (OK Statutes 47-11-901)
Running a Red Light / Stop Sign Obedience to and required traffic control devices (OK Statutes 47-11-201)
Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations Operators and front seat passengers required to wear safety belts (OK Statutes 47-12-417)
Speeding Speed limits (OK Statutes 47-11-308a)
Unlawful Vehicle Modifications Vehicle equipment (OK Statutes 47-12-101)

Traffic Ticket in Oklahoma? Get Legal Help

If law enforcement cites you for a traffic violation in Oklahoma, you can contact a traffic ticket attorney for legal advice. A local attorney can review the circumstances of your ticket and Oklahoma traffic laws. They will help you understand your options and plan a strong defense if you contest it in traffic court.

This could save you a costly fine, points on your driving record, and an increase in your insurance rates. In some situations, it could even save your driving privileges.

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