Lawmakers to Tackle Texting While Driving Again

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JEFFERSON CITY - At 8 a.m. a Senate hearing is scheduled for a bill that would ban all drivers, regardless of age, from reading or sending texts while driving.

Currently, Missouri law bans only those 21 and under.

A similar plan to remove age restrictions did make it through the House last year, but it reached the Senate with only one week left in the session, and time ran out.

This time around, legislators are facing pressure from the National Transportation Safety Board, who just last month recommended a ban on all electronic devices for drivers. That recommendation comes in light of a fatal Missouri accident in which a 19-year-old driver texted 11 times in the 11 minutes prior to a pile-up that injured 38.