Missouri bill would give total ban on texting and driving

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri bill would put a blanket ban on using devices like cell phones and GPS receivers while driving.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the bill proposed by Republican Sen. Bob Dixon was heard Thursday by the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee.

Current state law only prohibits drivers under 21 from texting and driving. Other drivers follow Missouri’s more vague distracted driving law by driving in a “careful and prudent manner.” But that law doesn’t have any explicit language on texting.

Data from the Missouri Department of Transportation shows that about 100 people were killed in 2016 in crashes involving a distracted driver.

Missouri is currently one of only three states that don’t explicitly ban texting for all drivers.
Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.