Mississippi Considers Broader Ban on Texting While Driving

Mississippi could tighten its law against sending text messages while driving.

The House passed House Bill 484 on Thursday. It would ban texting while driving for anyone 18 or younger. Current law bans it for any younger driver who has a learner’s permit or intermediate license.

Senate Bill 2434 passed the Senate on Feb. 5. It says anyone caught sending a text message or checking a social media site while driving can be charged with careless driving. Conviction would carry a fine of anywhere from $5 to $50.

The two chambers will exchange bills for more debate.