Along with resolutions and high hopes, the new year brings new laws. Among the new rules affecting Missourians is a rule that prohibits commercial vehicle drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving.
Truck drivers should not use cell phones - even hands-free devices - while driving, according to a recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other government safety organizations.
A Kansas City accident involving a teenager who was texting while driving demonstrates the tragic consequences that can result from distracted driving. To combat the persistent problem of distracted driving, the Missouri Highway Patrol has launched an anti-texting while driving campaign to complement the state's law banning texting while driving for younger drivers.
As Distracted Driving Awareness Month winds down, one must wonder whether such an awareness campaign can really save lives in the Kansas City Area. Just weeks ago, a twenty-something in Central Missouri fumbled with her cell phone as she drove head-on into another woman, severely injuring her.