Still Legal To Drive & Text In Missisippi

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(Jackson, TN) Mississippi lawmakers had the chance to make it illegal to text and drive in their state, but they didn’t take it.

Legislation to make it illegal passed earlier this week, but then a motion was made to reconsider it.

There was confusion whether the bill pertained to just drivers under 18 years of age or to all drivers.


Before there could be a vote, the legislative session was over.

Mississippi does ban texting for beginning drivers and bus drivers.

According to, “The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.”

The next chance to introduce the legislation will be until January 2015.

April is distracted driving awareness month across the country, but that didn’t convince Mississippi lawmakers to pass a texting and driving ban.

Tennessee bans texting as does Arkansas while driving.

Missouri bans texting and driving by those under 21 years old and by commercial drivers.

See bans in all states regarding distracted driving.


  • bmwjen

    HEY ALL YOU PEOPLE FROM MISSISSIPPI – just because its still legal in your state doesn’t mean you can do it in mine.

  • Fawneequa

    Apparently it’s still legal in Shelby County too, I see people texting on their Obama phones down I-40 all the time.

    • Thomas H. Evans

      See, you are an idiot, just like the people in MS. who see nothing wrong with this. Surely hope you are not a victim of one of these “Obama” phones.

  • Brian

    MS people are the worse drivers in the world in my opinion. They are the last people he need to be texting while driving.

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