Missouri lawmaker proposes bill to ban texting and driving for all drivers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Distracted drivers cause hundreds of crashes every year in Missouri. Rep. Michele Kratky, from St. Louis, is proposing a texting and driving ban for everyone, not just those under the age of 21.

Sgt. Collin Stosberg with the Missouri State Highway Patrol warns you that just by pressing send you are creating a permanent record that can be used against you if you crash.

"You can drive down any highway, any city street and see that person on their phone," said Sgt. Stosberg.

So, we hit the highways and streets around the metro and found dozens of drivers distracted. Not one was using a hands-free device, either.

The Missouri Highway Patrol subpoenas cell phone records in any serious or fatal crash.

"If you are going to continue to use your cell phone to text and drive, it's not a matter of if -- it's when you're going to find yourself in a traffic crash."

According to Missouri statistics provided to us by the Highway Patrol in 2011, more than 18,000 crashes involved someone on their cell phone. Twelve of those crashes were fatal. Almost 850 suffered some type of injury.

If this proposed House Bill 394 passes, law enforcement can pull you over just for texting and driving.

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