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The West Plains City Council will vote on Monday on an ordinance that would prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from using mobile devices or texting while driving.

MoDot says that texting increases the risk of a car crash by 50%.

They also say that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for nearly five seconds.

In context, if a driver was going 55 mph, that is the same as driving the length of an entire football field blindfolded.

If the ordinance is approved, it would go into effect, immediately.