St. Louis-Area Town Plans to Ban Texting While Driving

MANCHESTER, Mo. (KMOX) – The City of Manchester is set to pass a proposal tonight that would ban texting while driving for all motorists. In Missouri, only drivers under the age of 22 are not allowed to text and drive.

Manchester Police Chief Tim Walsh says that logic doesn’t make sense.

“I don’t know of anywhere that you would learn to text in a safer way because of age,” he said. “It makes sense that the distraction applies to people regardless of age.”

Walsh hopes the ban will cut down on accidents on roads, like Highway 141 and Manchester Road.

The proposal would also outlaw emailing, instant messaging and internet browsing while driving.

“We write accidents all the time, as do all police departments, that involve distracted driving. The goal of this ordinance is to get people to pay attention to driving,” Walsh said.

Missouri is one of nine states that doesn’t have a texting while driving ban for all drivers. Those states are: Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas. More information here.

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