TOPEKA – The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to tackle a ban on texting while driving this morning.
Senate Bill 351 creates the crime involuntary manslaughter while texting and bans the use of hand held wireless device, such as a cell phone, for text messages or emails.
A similar bill has already had a hearing in the House Transportation Committee last week. That bill would create a $100 for texting while driving.
Nineteen states, the District of Columbia and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
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“Any action that would reduce driver distractions will result in fewer deaths and injuries on our roads that is the reason we think SB 351 is a good bill,” wrote Warren Chip Woods, president of the Kansas County Highway Association in submitted testimony.
For more read Friday’s Wichita Eagle.