JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) – Making texting while driving illegal for all drivers in Missouri is once again before a house committee.  Currently its illegal only for those under 21.

Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent Ron Replogle testified the age of a driver is irrelevant.

“Whether you are 81 or 21 , if your doing this (texting while driving) you are a danger to the public” said Replogle.

Opponents of the bill say the bill creates privacy issues and is not enforceable.   Kansas City Democratic Representative Brandon Ellington expressed fears the law could lead to racial profiling.

“If it does get to an officer’s word against someone who is driving, do you think this opens up a police department across the state of Missouri for liability when you talk about … driving while black.” said  Representative Ellington.

The same issue failed to pass last year.

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