Manchester imposes stiffer ordinance on texting and driving

Posted on: 9:01 am, December 17, 2013, by

MANCHESTER, MO (KTVI) – If you’re texting while driving, you’d better not do it in Manchester. The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to ban texting while you’re behind the wheel, no matter what your age.

Manchester’s ordinance is actually stiffer than the Missouri state law when it comes to texting and driving. State law bans anyone 21 and younger from generally texting and driving. But now in Manchester, it is completely banned no matter how old you are.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Manchester Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Monday night for the ban. Manchester’s police chief Tim Waslsh is said the ban, “makes good sense” and is “overdue.”

Walsh and other Manchester city officials hope the new ban will help reduce crashes in areas like Manchester Road and Highway 141. The penalties for texting and driving under the new Manchester ordinance can be pretty stiff.

The Post-Dispatch reports you can be fined up to $1,000 and a court could impose jail time of up to 90 days. Florissant, Mo. also has an ordinance restricting texting and driving that is tougher than state law.

Texting and driving is illegal in Illinois no matter what the age.