Senate Judiciary takes up texting ban

textphoneTOPEKA – The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to tackle a ban on texting while driving this morning.

Senate Bill 351 creates the crime of involuntary manslaughter while texting and bans the use of a handheld wireless device, such as a cell phone, for text messages or emails while driving.

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.

“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.