Missouri Senate approves expanding texting while driving ban

As blizzard conditions developed outside the statehouse, Missouri’s Senate gave first-round approval to a measure that would expand the current ban on texting while driving to adults.

A few years ago, the legislature approved a ban on messaging while driving but limited it to younger drivers.

Although the measure won easy voice-vote approval, Rep. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, questioned singling out a specific activity among the variety of things a driver can do that causes distraction.

“We just have this insatiable desire to think up another law and another way we that we’re going to specifically mandate or control the behavior of people,” Nieves said during the Senate debate.

The measure faces one more vote in the Senate before going to the House.

– Missouri Digital News