- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Texting while driving will soon be a crime in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, regardless of the age of the driver.

The St. Charles City Council on Tuesday voted to prohibit texting will driving, and the measure extends beyond the state law that makes it illegal for motorists 21 and under. Mayor Sally Faith says she will sign the bill.

Councilman Ronstivison, a former deputy sheriff, says he sought the ban after seeing several near-accidents involving drivers believed to be texting.

The measure passed 9-1. The lone opponent, Councilman Tom Besselman, says the measure is redundant because police can already charge anyone texting while driving with careless driving.

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