JEFFERSON CITY — A proposed compromise to expand Missouri's law banning texting while driving appears to have fallen flat in a Senate committee.
The Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would prohibit all drivers — not just those 21 and younger — from texting while driving. Because similar bills have failed in the past, Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, proposed making texting a secondary offense — meaning police would have to pull motorists over for something else before they could write a ticket for texting.
But the Missouri State Highway Patrol said it prefers to make texting a primary offense. Several senators also said that if Missouri is to strengthen its texting law, they want police to be able to pull people over for other violations.