Missouri State Representative to Reintroduce Driving-While Texting Bill

 Missouri State Representative Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau (R-147) plans to try again to get distracted-driving legislation passed at the next session of the 101st Missouri General Assembly. He introduced this  measure in January of last year, while still in the Missouri Senate, aimed at banning all Missouri motorists, with the notable exception of those operating emergency vehicles, from texting while driving.  This measure- Senate Bill 532 — ran into a roadblock early, never getting beyond a referral to the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee.  Currently in Missouri, motorists, under the age of 22 are barred from using electronic wireless devices to text or send messages via Facebook messenger or other social media platforms. Wallingford wants the prohibition applied to drivers of all ages and said he is undaunted by the lack of progress legislatively.


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