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Missouri Efforts To Expand Texting Law Again Fall Short

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ With two weeks left in Missouri’s legislative session, proposals to expand the state’s law against texting while driving again appear unlikely to pass. Missouri passed a law against texting while driving in 2009, but that law only applies to drivers who are younger than 22.

Republican House member Don Wells, of Cabool, is sponsoring a measure that would ban texting while driving for all drivers. That bill has been heard by a House crime prevention committee, but hasn’t been voted on this year.
Republican Sen. Bill Stouffer, of Napton, has sponsored legislation to ban “distracted driving” which could include texting. But Stouffer says he won’t ask the full Senate to vote on the proposal because he says local police officers might use the new charge to issue unnecessary traffic tickets.
Texting bills are:
HB1083 (Texting)
SB717 (Distracted driving)
Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov