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Missouri hopes to totally ban texting and driving

Missouri may join other states that completely ban texting and driving. State Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, wants to join most U.S. states by enforcing a total ban on the dangerous habit. Hansen says he hopes his proposed ban on texting while driving will get some traction in the next legislative session.

“There’s been a few bills last year along that line,” he says. “I’m going to still try to be involved in that process on my bill or somebody else’s bill to maybe elevate the texting while driving safety issue that we have.”

Hansen says he wants to put a game plan together with other legislators to push the issue forward. He mentions possible media coverage to get the word out and “put some pressure” on House and Senate leadership.

The session begins January 9 in Jefferson City.