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MISSOURI STATE (2010-4-26) Local law enforcers are watching a state proposal that may soon affect Missouri residents.
If passed the new bill will ban nearly all texting-while-driving in Missouri. The current law bans texting-while-driving only for people under the age of 21. If the bill passes, it will affect all drivers unless they are on a private or public gravel road in Missouri. It will also exempt people operating emergency vehicles. Director of Maryville public safety Kieth Wood says the current law is difficult to enforce. That's because officers have a hard time determining the age of drivers without issuing a traffic stop. Woods says he hopes a new law really cuts down the amount of texting-while-driving. A ticket for texting and driving costs $200. The new bill is working its way through the Statehouse.
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