Mississippi lawmakers kill texting and driving ban
(WMC-TV) – April is distracted driving awareness month across the country, but that didn't convince Mississippi lawmakers to pass a texting and driving ban.
One Mississippi driver wants to tell her elected officials in Jackson to "get with it." She wants to see a ban on texting and driving in the Magnolia State.
In fact, the legislation passed earlier in the week, but Wednesday, a motion was made for it to be reconsidered.
Mississippi State Representative Tom Miles says a lot of lawmakers were confused about what was up for vote. By then, it was too late and the legislative session was over.
"A lot of members I think were confused, because it was the end of the night," Rep. Miles said. "It was 10 o'clock last night. They didn't understand the parliamentary procedure. It was just an old trick that they used to kill texting and driving."
Those who want to see a ban will not get another chance until the next legislative session in January 2015.
According to driver Chaldean Wilkins, texting "causes accidents because you've got your mind on texting not driving."
These pleas to stop texting and driving echo the new national campaign running on television stations across the country. It says "U drive, U text, U pay" and hopefully you do not pay with your life.
The issue has gotten so much traction this session, there is little doubt it will come up again. When it does, a lot of people are going to be watching Mississippi.
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