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.