Lake St. Louis may consider new proposal to ban texting while driving

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 9:45 AM

(KMOV.com) – A Lake St. Louis alderman told News 4 he will continue to push for an ordinance that bans drivers from texting while driving.

Alderman John Pellerito previously introduced a bill that would have banned all drivers from texting and driving, but News 4 learned the proposed ordinance would have been on shaky legal ground. Under Missouri law, drivers under 21 are not allowed to text while driving, and municipalities are not allowed to pass ordinances that are stricter than state law. As a result, the city put the proposal on hold.

To get around the potential roadblock, Pellerito said the city should pass an ordinance that would ban texting while driving for those 21 and older.

“It’s a fine line and some city attorneys are afraid of overstepping that line. Others saying it’s an open book we really don’t think you’re superceding the law, that’s my stance on it also.

Pellerito said he will probably introduce the new proposed ordinance in August.

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