Most states and cities have come to recognize the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while distracted. In many places this had led to banning behaviors such as texting and driving. Some states have outright banned the act regardless of age but a few states, like Missouri, have limited their ban only to those under the age of 21, a move cities are fighting in their own way.
O'Follan is one of a few Missouri cities making moves to get tougher on the plague of distracted drivers. Missouri state law is one of the most lax when it comes to prohibiting actions commonly associated with distracted driving. In Missouri, only those under the age of 21 are prohibited from texting and driving even though bills to prohibit the act for all have repeatedly been submitted to the state's legislature. In an attempt to do what the state hasn't, cities are passing their own ordinances. O'Follan's new ordinance is wide in breadth and prohibits everything from fixing one's hair while driving to entering an address into a GPS.