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MO Texting While Driving Ban - What Do You Think?

Currently the law is only for those 21 and younger, but it could become universal in Missouri. A St. Louis senator has sponsored a bill to include everyone.

A Missouri law prohibits anyone 21 and younger from texting while driving. A St. Louis-area senator, Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (D-St. Louis) has sponsored a bill (SB 567) to expand that to drivers of any age. The bill also states that drivers can’t be stopped “solely to determine compliance with the state text messaging ban.”

Wright-Jones’ intention is to help keep Missouri roads safe and to keep insurance rates from rising. She said Missouri is one of the few states without an insurance cap, so crashes can affect rates more than in other states.

The Maneater, the Missouri University student newspaper, reported that a hearing was held on the bill last Wednesday in Jefferson City. Representatives from the Missouri Trucking Association, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri State Medical Association, as well as a Missouri University freshman testified in favor of the bill. No one testified against it.

“The benefit is that it is not safe to be texting, no matter how old you are,” Traffic Sgt. Curtis Perkins was quoted in the Maneater article. “It’s still not safe, no matter who you are, to text and drive.”

The next step is for the bill to be voted on at an executive session. If passed, the bill would go into effect Aug. 28.

In Illinois, it’s been illegal to text, email or surf the web while a car is moving, since Jan. 1, 2010. It’s all right, if at a standstill, such as waiting for a train to pass, or if pulled over to the side.

How do you feel about it? Answer our poll, below.

Bonnie Krueger February 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I am assuming that MO allows for checking e-mails. That needs to be banned as well. It is equally as dangerous!
Susan Getzschman February 03, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Is this really a question? It's absurd that we should gamble with others' lives for the sake of a text! If someone is that desperate to communicate, he/she can pull over and park to do it.

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