Texting While Driving
In Kansas and Missouri, all drivers are prohibited from
texting while driving. Texting refers to the use of a wireless
communication device -- any "wireless electronic communication
device that provides for voice or data communication between two
or more parties, including, but not limited to, a mobile or cellular
telephone, a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant
that sends or receives messages, an audio-video player that
sends or receives messages or a laptop computer."A"wireless
communication device" does not include a device
which is voice-operated and which allows the user to send or
receive a text based communication without the use of either
hand, except to activate or deactivate a feature or function.
Drivers may not " write, send or read a written communication " which means they may not use a wireless communication device to manually type, send or read a written communication, including, but not limited to, a text message, instant message or electronic mail.
(1) A law enforcement officer or emergency service personnel acting within the course and scope of the law enforcement officer's or emergency service personnel's employment;
(2) a motor vehicle stopped off the regular traveled portion of the roadway;
(3) a person who reads, selects or enters a telephone number or name in a wireless communiations device for the purpose of making or receiving a phone call;
(4) a person who receives an emergency, traffic or weather alert message; or
(5) a person receiving a message related to the operation or navigation of the motor vehicle.
Drivers are not prohibited from using a wireless communications device while operating a moving motor vehicle to:
(1) Report current or ongoing illegal activity to law enforcement;
(2) prevent imminent injury to a person or property; or
(3) relay information between transit or for-hire operator and the operator's dispather, in which the device is permanently affixed to the motor vehicle.
A person ticketed under the anti-texting law will face a fine of $60. Kansas’s novice driver cell phone and texting laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees you texting and issues a citation.
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