Bill would ban texting, driving
Legislation has been filed that would prohibit drivers from texting while their vehicles are in motion. House Bill 1503 by Rep. Curtis McDaniel, D-Smithville, would exempt texts to emergency response operators, medical providers, firefighters and law officers.
The penalty would not exceed $500. McDaniel said texting and driving is as dangerous or more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. Changes in technology have created a texting culture which has decreased road safety, he said.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU