Mississippi Highway Patrol urges stronger texting law

Mississippi Highway Patrol officials say the state’s nearly 2-year-old texting law is too complicated and the penalty so minor that most law enforcement will write tickets instead for careless driving….

…Poulos and others say municipal police departments aren’t likely to write texting citations since it is a civil citation and can’t be filed in Municipal Court. If it had a criminal penalty, a texting while driving citation could be filed in Municipal Court.

Another problem MHP sees with the texting law is it lists only two actions in which a person would be in violation of the law and that is for texting and posting to social media. He said a motorist can argue they were on a website or playing a game instead of texting or posting to social media.

Clarion Ledger
1/12/17