The Village of Sunrise Beach is considering a new ordinance which would make it illegal to text while driving within their city limits.

The Village of Sunrise Beach is considering a new ordinance which would make it illegal to text while driving within their city limits.

According to the Village of Sunrise Beach Board Chairman Curt Mooney, the ban was proposed by Sunrise Beach police chief Jeff Campbell.

"It's being discussed right now, our city attorney will have to write out the ordinance for us to look at first," said Mooney. "Our chief of police brought it up for us to consider, because he sees a lot of people texting and driving."

Should Sunrise Beach adopt such an ordinance, they will be the first municipality in the Lake of the Ozarks area to do so.

According to the State of Missouri's 'MO Eyes on the Road' website, state law already prohibits drivers 21 or younger from texting and driving. If caught, young drivers can be fined $200 and have two points added to their driving record. However, there is no state law that bans drivers over 21 years of age from texting in a moving motor vehicle.

The website also states that the average person takes five seconds to text, therefore at 55 miles per hour a drivers eyes leave the road for the length of a football field. People who check their phones are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than those who don't.

Further discussion of the proposed texting ban will be on the agenda for the next Village of Sunrise Beach board meeting on Monday, June 11.