MANCHESTER, Mo. (KMOX) – The law in Manchester will be no texting while driving, for anyone. Council members passed the ordinance Monday night that applies to older drivers, as well as younger drivers. According to state law, only drivers under the age of 22 are not allowed to text and drive.
Mayor David Willson says he has seen enough: and says he experienced a perfect example on Saturday morning on Route 141.
“We couldn’t figure out why traffic was going so slow, and we changed lanes and here’s a lady driving 30 miles an hour talking and pushing on the phone,” Mayor Willson told KMOX.
He plans to sign the measure into law Tuesday morning and it will be in effect immediately.
In fact, the mayor tells KMOX the way it’s written, the law applies to texting or any electronic-messaging-device.
Mayor Willson says police will have discretionary powers. Judges, too, may decide on fines which could range up to a thousand dollars.