Bills proposed to prevent texting and driving in Missouri

1 year 3 months 1 week ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:43:00 AM CST in News
By: Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Two bills were heard Wednesday morning in the Missouri Senate that would make it illegal to text and drive within the state of Missouri, regardless of age. 

The bill was presented to the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee.

Currently, it is legal in the state of Missouri for someone 21 or older to use a cell phone while driving.

Missouri State Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur is sponsoring SB 821, which would make texting or reading while driving illegal except through a "hands-free voice activated mode."

Schupp said last month the current texting and driving laws make "little sense for the ban to apply only to young drivers."

"[All texting and driving] is the same," said Connor Brennan of Columbia. "If [a driver is] any age taking their eyes off the road for any reason is just not a good idea, no matter how much driving experience you have."

"I don't think age makes a difference in this situation."

Missouri State Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg has sponsored SB 569, which would ban all reading, texting, and/or sending of messages while driving, regardless of how the cell phone was being used.

Pearce said Missouri is one of six states who still allow people 21 and older to use phones while driving.

Representatives of cellular companies AT&T and Verizon Wireless testified at the hearing in approval of both bills.

KOMU previously said the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported in 2012 driver inattention was listed as the contributing circumstance in 22,491 traffic crashes in the state in 2012. This resulted in 8,952 injuries and 92 deaths. Additionally, during this same time period, there were 357 crashes where texting while driving was cited as a contributing cause, which ended in 108 injuries and two fatal crashes. 

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety said 20 percent of crashes are in result of some sort of distracted driving. Drivers texting typically have their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds.

Similar bills have been proposed multiple times, and a similar proposal failed last year.

The bills were not voted upon today, and will undergo further editing before being sent to the state senate.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 6-year-old St. Louis boy's plea for an end to violence has been viewed by tens... More >>
3 minutes ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:42:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Jay Ashcroft will make his first visit to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce since becoming the Missouri secretary... More >>
4 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:00:00 AM CDT in News
FULTON - Tornado sirens in Fulton sounded around 8:30 p.m. Monday night, but there was no severe weather in... More >>
8 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 9:16:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri State Legislators introduced three new versions of the “Steel Mill Bill” after returning from their one-week... More >>
9 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:58:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The newest addition to the St. Louis Zoo is a critically endangered black rhino. The... More >>
10 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:45:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf is calling on Gov. Eric Greitens to expand the scope of... More >>
10 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:30:00 PM CDT in News
HALLSVILLE - Some Hallsville parents are questioning their children's safety in the school district after the suicide death of middle... More >>
11 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 6:06:00 PM CDT in Target 8
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's plan to handle massive budget cuts includes the elimination of about 383 jobs, through... More >>
13 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 3:52:00 PM CDT in News
(COLUMBIA) - Last week, we talked about inflammation and how it can contribute to weight gain. This week we’re going... More >>
14 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 3:13:00 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) - On Monday's anniversary of the Joplin tornado that cut a path of destruction through the city in... More >>
14 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 2:55:00 PM CDT in News
ST. CHARLES - The trial of the state of Missouri vs. Serghei Comerzan for the death of Missouri State Trooper,... More >>
16 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 1:34:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Police have confirmed one man has life-threatening injuries after a shooting on Dawn Ridge Road. Police received... More >>
16 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT in News
MIDDLETOWN – Some farmers in Missouri are beginning to bring back a style of farming first used in the Hanging... More >>
16 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 12:51:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified a man whose body was found floating in the... More >>
19 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 10:45:00 AM CDT in News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby has arrived at the Pittsburgh courthouse where jury selection in his sexual assault case is... More >>
22 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:36:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- Attorney General Josh Hawley is waiting for his legal appeal related to abortion laws to go into effect. ... More >>
22 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:21:00 AM CDT in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police say a man was shot while greeting people at a south Kansas City church. ... More >>
23 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 6:35:00 AM CDT in News
Tel Aviv (AP) - President Donald Trump is opening his first visit to Israel as president. Air Force One... More >>
1 day ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 4:56:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
6am 56°
7am 57°
8am 58°
9am 60°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
King of the Hill
6:30a
King of the Hill

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Great News
7:30p
Great News
8:00p
The Voice
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
iZombie
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld