This week the Mississippi House passed a bill which prohibits individuals eighteen or younger from operating a motor vehicle while texting and carries a fine of 250 dollars. The Senate passed a similar bill last week which states that texting while driving will be considered careless driving. A conviction under the Senate bill would carry a fine from five to fifty dollars.
I understand that younger drivers may be more apt to text, but I think we need legislation prohibiting all drivers from texting.
The number of fatalities across our country contributed to distracted driving continues to grow. Each chamber's bill heads to the other for consideration. And while this debate continues, whether illegal or not, we should encourage our family and friends to wait to text.