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.
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.
Three soldiers with the Missouri National Guard were involved in a midday car accident recently that killed Private First Class Jordan House, of Independence, Missouri.
The Missouri House recently approved a bill that would ban texting for nearly all drivers. Currently, texting while driving is only banned for drivers 21 and younger. The bill has moved to the Missouri Senate.
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.
Nearly one in five drivers that die in fatal auto accidents has detectable drugs in their system, according to data released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).