Missouri bill would clamp down on texting while driving

Missouri bill would clamp down on texting while driving

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LONDON - JUNE 24: A man writes a text message on his mobile phone whilst driving in traffic on June 24, 2003 in London, England. The government has announced plans for a ban on talking on hand-held mobile phones while driving; this will go into effect by the end of the year. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 7:41 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Anyone caught texting at the wheel in Illinois gets a ticket, but in Missouri the law only applies to drivers under 21. A new bill in the Missouri House would make texting illegal for all drivers.

Missouri House Bill 394 would allow drivers to text only if they have technology for hands-free voice texting. Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Al Nothum says traditional texting is never safe at the wheel.

"No one can text and drive their vehicle safely," said Sgt. Nothum. "It's impossible. You just can't do it."

In 2012, the Missouri Highway Patrol wrote 70 tickets for texting-related violations.

"Everybody has taken their eyes off the road for a second and hit the rumble strips, and in your mind you're thinking, 'Wow, I got lucky,'" said Sgt. Nothum. "Well, you did get lucky. And eventually it's going to catch up with you."

If the current texting bill is approved, the law would go into effect on Aug. 28. A similar bill was proposed last year, but was held up in committee.

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