Missouri bill would further restrict cell phone use while driving

4 years 7 months 3 days ago Wednesday, February 11 2015 Feb 11, 2015 Wednesday, February 11, 2015 8:12:54 AM CST February 11, 2015 in News
By: Nick Komisar, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri Senate committee was set to hear debate on a senate bill Wednesday that would ban the use of mobile devices while driving for all people in Missouri. 

Currently, texting and driving is illegal only for anyone 21 and under. 

Texting is not the only issue being brought up in the bill. If it were to pass, talking on the phone would become illegal as well unless hands-free or voice-activated features are used, including the use of a headset. 

There would be exceptions in certain cases such as needing to report illegal activities or calling for medical assistance. 

Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, is sponsoring the bill. He said distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents and believes it is a safety hazard for people on the road when drivers are looking away from the road at their phone. 

A MoDOT official said MoDOT is in favor of the bill, along with any bill that improves safety on the roads. 

"Anytime we are taking away our attention from driving a vehicle down the road and engaging in some other type of activity or behavior, that's just not a good practice," said Bill Whitfield with MoDOT's Highway Safety Program. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY – The Board of Curators at Lincoln University approved a plan Thursday night to rebuild the Dickinson Research... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 3:23:00 PM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
COOPER COUNTY - State troopers ended up making a large drug bust after a K9 found methamphetamine during a traffic... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 12:46:00 PM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
JOPLIN (AP) — Jasper County authorities say a deputy was shot and a man was later found dead after a... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 11:40:08 AM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police confirmed a shots fired incident Thursday evening on Currituck Lane. Dispatchers got several shots fired calls... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 11:36:00 AM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS - Twelve cases of alleged abuse in the Roman Catholic Church will be referred to local prosecutors by... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 10:25:00 AM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say guns have claimed the lives of two more children in the St. Louis... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 10:16:33 AM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - SAK construction will begin major sewer repairs and refaces all over the Jefferson City area, starting Monday.... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 9:56:00 AM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A worker has found what's believed to be a Civil War cannonball lodged in a... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 8:25:00 AM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday will release details of a lengthy investigation into... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
NEW LEBANON - In the heart of Cooper County, a small village is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Established in... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 4:30:00 AM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY — The Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged a Jefferson City man with multiple felonies after fleeing from... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 11:31:00 PM CDT September 12, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Members of the Englewood community met Thursday night to discuss concerns ahead of Route H's scheduled two-month-long... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:57:00 PM CDT September 12, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate is expected to vote on House Bill 1, which would eliminate restrictions on a... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:07:00 PM CDT September 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A Columbia neonatal nurse and the baby she adopted are receiving a national honor after sharing their story... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 8:14:00 PM CDT September 12, 2019 in News
FULTON - A newly approved law could have major effects on Missouri farmers. Under Senate Bill 391, no health... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:04:00 PM CDT September 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has confirmed two cases of lung illness related to... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 5:55:00 PM CDT September 12, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Some Missouri house members held a hearing Thursday to begin addressing how 130,000 Missourians were dropped from Medicaid... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 4:26:00 PM CDT September 12, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday will release details of a lengthy investigation into... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, September 12 2019 Sep 12, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 4:19:02 PM CDT September 12, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
12am 76°
1am 75°
2am 74°
3am 72°