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Missouri Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Texting and Driving for All Drivers

Missouri State Representative Galen Higdon is sponsoring a new text and drive ban bill that, if passed, would make it illegal for people of all ages to text and drive.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 8:33 AM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 9:35 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Missouri State Representative Galen Higdon is sponsoring a new bill that, if passed, would make it illegal for people of all ages to text and drive.

Currently in the state it's only illegal for anyone 21 years-old or younger to text and drive.

Representative Higdon of St. Joseph presented a previous no texting and driving bill called "Fair fare Passenger Safety Act" back in May.

This bill was passed in the House by a 103-46 vote. 

However, Higdon's previous bill didn't make it to the senate before legislation ended, and so it was dropped. 

This time, Higdon said he is confident in bringing forth the bill because it's important for the safety of all drivers.

"Texting and driving is becoming more and more prevalent as a problem," Higdon said. "So, with my new provision that I'm attempting to file is put it down, leave it alone, no texting no driving, hands free."

Higdon said he will introduce his bill in the Missouri General Assembly in January.

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