Proposal to ban texting while driving in Lake St. Louis on hold

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by Ray Preston / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

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Posted on May 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 6:57 AM

(KMOV.com) – A proposal that would ban all drivers from texting in Lake St. Louis is hitting roadblocks.

Under Missouri law, drivers under 21 are not allowed to text while driving, but Alderman John Pellerito told News 4 he is concerned that too many adults are texting while driving. Pellerito recently introduced a proposal to ban texting for all drivers, but a municipality is not allowed to pass an ordinance that is stricter than a state law.

“It is very frustrating that something like this could not pass for this community,” Pellerito said.

Pellerito said he thinks his can pass because municipalities in St. Louis County have a texting while driving ban that applies to everyone.

"I talked to several of the people from Manchester on their ideas, I copied, I mimicked their ordinance to a good extent since they passed it I thought this will be a good idea, I think we can pass this thing,” Pellerito said.

For now, Pellerito’s proposal has been put on hold. Lake St. Louis officials told News 4 they will push for state lawmakers to pass a texting while driving ban that applies to everyone.

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