Missouri lawmakers seek to expand texting while driving law

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 10:23 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 18, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Texting while driving, an issue that was discussed at length last session, could become illegal for everyone in the state if a few representatives have their way.

Two representatives filed proposals Tuesday that would prohibit texting while driving in Missouri. If passed, the bills would extend the law banning texting by drivers 21 and younger to apply to all motorists.

A co-sponsor of one of the bills, Rep. Linda Fischer, D-Bonne Terre, said the current law needs revision.

"The act of texting is not age-relevant as far as the potential to be involved in or create an accident," she said.

The two new bills vary only slightly. One would prohibit all texting while driving, while the other would ban the act of texting only for motorists on paved roads.

Rep. J.C. Kuessner, D-Eminence, who is co-sponsoring the bill with Fischer to ban texting while driving on paved roads, explained that the bill would allow motorists to pull over to text.

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Paul Love December 2, 2009 | 11:44 a.m.

Unless I'm mistaken I believe the original bill started to ban texting while driving altogether but was later amended to apply to only persons under 21. A clear case of age discrimination if ever there was one. The current law is the equivalent of saying its illegal to drink and drive but only if you are under 21 go ahead and drink and drive if you are over 21. Its a dangerous habit and shouldnt' be done by anyone operating a motor vehicle.

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John Rob December 8, 2009 | 10:55 a.m.
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