ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Charles City Council approved a bill Tuesday that bans texting while driving within city limits.
Under Missouri law, only drivers under the age of 21 are restricted from texting and driving. The law in St. Charles will ban texting and driving for people of all ages within the jurisdiction of St. Charles, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Roads within the city limits which are maintained by the state, including Interstate 70, Highway 364 and parts of Highway 94 are exempt from the law.
St. Charles Police Chief Randy McKinley said he supports the goal of banning texting and driving, but admits it’s a hard law to enforce because it’s difficult to determine what a driver is doing on their phone.
St. Charles will join Kirkwood, Florissant, Manchester and St. John which all have local texting bans.
Officials have not released the date the ban will take effect, but if convicted under the law violators could face up to a $300 fine.