While most other states have banned texting while driving for all drivers, Missouri lags behind with a ban solely for drivers under 21. Missouri's attempt to expand that to all drivers in 2015 fell short. This year, the House and Senate have heard testimony on another bill that would ban all drivers from texting while driving in all but emergency situations. If the bill passes, the law will likely go into effect in August.
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.
In the next 50 years the world is sure to change. One likely improvement will be the use of computerized automobile transportation that operates without the aid of humans. Because the vast majority of car accidents are caused by human error, implementation of such a system is likely to save thousands of lives every year. While the work on tomorrow's technology continues, there are still many way individuals and lawmakers alike can help make the streets safer to use.