Lawmakers to again mull texting while driving ban

January 7, 2013 9:22:15 AM



JACKSON -- State Sen. Billy Hudson again plans a proposal to ban texting while driving. 


The Hattiesburg Republican told The Clarion-Ledger that his proposed bill would also ban cellphone use unless a hands-free device is used. 


Hudson said his bill, to be considered by the 2013 Legislature, would ban all mobile phone use by drivers younger than 18. Last year, a bill Hudson introduced died in committee. 


Hudson said he wants the cellphone bill because it would be difficult for law enforcement to enforce a ban only on texting. 


"We need to do something to protect people," he said. "We are losing too many people." 


Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says he was unfamiliar with Hudson's proposal, but he said the department favors proposals to improve road safety. Strain says inattentive driving is the leading cause of traffic accidents.