Lawmakers Look to Expand Texting Ban

7 years 10 months 1 week ago Monday, May 09 2011 May 9, 2011 Monday, May 09, 2011 2:17:00 PM CDT May 09, 2011 in News
By: Jamal Andress and Nina Moini
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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers were set Monday to take up this year's version of a ban on texting for drivers of all ages. In 2009, the general assembly passed a law that banned texting for drivers 21 and younger. Republican Representative Don Wells of Cabool is a co-sponsor of the bill. His bill is now part of a larger public safety bill that passed through the house last month and is pending before a senate committee this week. The sponsor of that bill, Rep. Rodney Schad (R-Versailles), said texting and driving is a paramount piece of his bill. The Columbia Police Department is in support of the bill. Sergeant Curtis Perkins of the department's traffic unit said this bill will make the streets safer for Missourians.

One 24-year-old Columbia driver, Crystal Ledoux, said she doesn't think her 17-year-old sister is any less capable of texting and driving than an older adult.

"She is very mature, and I think we both could multi-task, but if there was a law I would definitely be making more phone calls," said Ledoux.

Ledoux also said talking on the phone seems just as dangerous as texting.

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