Missouri bill barring texting for all drivers gets support
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 10:24 a.m. CST;
updated 10:22 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 18, 2010
JEFFERSON CITY — A bill banning all Missouri drivers from text messaging draws broad support in a Senate committee.
Lobbyists representing police, highway workers, doctors, a cell phone company, bicyclists and older citizens all testified in support of the legislation Wednesday in the Senate Transportation Committee.
A Missouri law enacted last year bars people age 21 and younger from writing, sending or reading text messages while driving a vehicle. Violators can be fined $200.
Sen. Ryan McKenna of Crystal City is sponsoring legislation to extend the prohibition to all drivers, regardless of age. No one testified against the bill during Wednesday's hearing.
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