Mississippi is now one of only nine states not to ban all drivers from text-messaging, according to Distraction.Gov, a U.S. Department of Transportation website.
In Mississippi, teens with a beginner license are banned from texting while driving.
The Mississippi Senate Transportation Committee recently held a hearing on whether the law should be expanded during the 2014 session to cover all drivers or even expanded to ban all handheld cellphone use.
“We are trying to find some common ground on what we need to do,” said Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland. Simmons conceded the issue is a tough one for the Mississippi Legislature to tackle because of members who say they oppose laws that infringe on their “individual rights.”