Groups Push for Texting-While-Driving Ban in Missouri

March 9, 2016

Law enforcement, health care, insurance and transportation groups are urging Missouri lawmakers to ban texting while driving.

A House panel heard testimony on three bills that would make it an infraction for a driver to read or send text messages on the road.

Missouri currently bans people younger than 22 from texting while driving.

The committee is also considering a bill that would prohibit taxi drivers from texting or making phone calls while carrying passengers.

The bipartisan group of legislators who sponsored the bills said even if a texting-while-driving ban is hard to enforce, it would make it clear such behavior is unacceptable.

Nobody testified against the bills. Committee member Rep. Kenneth Wilson said he supports a ban but worries about adding more reasons for police to stop drivers.

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  • March 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm
    UW Supreme says:
    Every single state has some sort of "distracted driving" law on their books. I am absolutely against texting while operating a vehicle (not in the parked position or at a stop... read more
  • March 10, 2016 at 12:01 pm
    Rosenblatt says:
    Do you support a ban on the use of all cell phones while driving, even hands-free conversations conducted via bluetooth?
  • March 9, 2016 at 2:17 pm
    Agent says:
    It should be banned. That is why there are more accidents and fatalities across the country.
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