Allison Blood (@AllisonBlood)

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) – No more texting while driving in Chesterfield – the city council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night prohibiting all texting and driving in city limits.

Police Chief Ray Johnson says he hopes it will soon become state law because right now, the state statute that makes texting while driving illegal only applies to those 21 years old and younger.

“We’re optimistic that eventually, as more cities pass similar ordinances, eventually the state will pass something at the state level,” he says.

Johnson says he sees a lot of texting while driving, but whether the measure will have an impact, “we don’t know.”

The measure’s sponsor says she drafted it because several citizens came to her with concerns about how many people were on their phones while they were driving.

The ordinance will go into effect in the coming days.

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