St. Charles City Council bans texting while driving

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 4:48 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES — Texting while driving will soon be a crime in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, regardless of the driver's age.

The St. Charles City Council on Tuesday voted to prohibit texting while driving, and the measure extends beyond the state law that makes it illegal for motorists 21 and younger. Mayor Sally Faith said she will sign the bill.

Councilman Ron Stivison, a former deputy sheriff, said he sought the ban after seeing several near-accidents involving drivers thought to be texting.

The measure passed 9-1. The lone opponent, Councilman Tom Besselman, said the measure is redundant because police can already charge anyone who's texting while driving with careless driving.

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