Gov.: Lawmakers to learn how to enforce current texting & driving ban before expanding it

By Holly Brantley - email

(KFVS) - Many people were shocked to find the Missouri House did not pass a measure that would've made it illegal for everyone in Missouri to text and drive. Governor Jay Nixon says lawmakers decided to wait and see what they can learn about how to enforce the law with younger drivers.

"Hopefully we can get a good line on the data," said Governor Nixon. "We want to keep our roads as safe as possible."

Other lawmakers said problems with enforcement made it difficult to make a decision on the law. Right now, if you're 21 years old or younger it's illegal to text a drive. So, now it remains legal for those about 21 to read write or send text messages. Still, police we spoke with insist it's dangerous and they don't recommend it.

All of our Heartland States have restrictions on texting and driving.

Meanwhile, the Governor says he isn't sure whether or not he'll sign or veto the latest abortion provision passed by the House.

Missouri's house passed the bill which expanded on existing abortion restrictions on the last day of the session. Missouri already has a 24 hour waiting period and includes a provision that would band coverage for abortion in the states to-be-created health care reform package. If Nixon signs, a woman wanting an abortion in Missouri must be given a chance to view an ultrasound and listen to the heartbeat of the fetus. Nixon says he'll take a good look at the legislation and then make his decision about whether or not to sign.

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