Mo. Lawmakers Advance Texting-While-Driving Ban

5 years 10 months 3 weeks ago May 07, 2011 May 7, 2011 Saturday, May 07 2011 Saturday, May 07, 2011 4:42:00 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- A proposal to ban all motorists from sending or reading text messages while driving is moving to the Missouri Senate with one week left in the legislative session. State law currently bans anyone 21 and younger from texting while driving. A complete ban passed the House last month as part of a larger public safety bill. That proposal would allow anyone to send messages with hands-free devices. House Member Don Wells, a Cabool Republican, says looking down to type out a text message is more distracting than using a hands-free device. The public safety bill is to go before a Senate judiciary committee on Monday night and could reach the full Senate later in the week.

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