Text messaging while driving is wrong regardless of driver's age

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:26 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 18, 2010

As a sixth-generation Missourian, I have never thought of the people of our state as frivolous or immature. But that’s exactly how I felt after reading that the state legislature had passed a bill that would make it unlawful for motorists 17 and under to send or receive text messages while driving except in emergencies. At the time of this writing, the bill is awaiting the governor’s signature.