Dangers of Texting and Driving

6 years 10 months 2 days ago Thursday, November 18 2010 Nov 18, 2010 Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:11:47 PM CST November 18, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Most drivers won't admit they text and drive. Even more don't realize the implication of distracted driving. KOMU 8 created a simulated texting and driving test to find out what happens when eyes are on the phone, instead of the road. Missouri law bans all drivers under age 21 from texting and driving, but older drivers who text on the road are still acting within the law. KOMU 8's test tried to determine whether older drivers are any safer than younger drivers when texting on the road, by pitting the two generations against one another. The drivers used go-karts. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the numbers are staggering. In 2009, more than 1,700 traffic crashes in Missouri were linked to cell phone usage. In just the first half of 2010, the Highway Patrol counted another 791 cell phone related crashes, eight of those fatal. Lieutenant John Holtz said he wouldn't comment on proposed law, but will enforce current legislation. Holtz also said the Highway Patrol encourages drivers of all ages to put down the phone and focus on the road. Troopers now sport stickers on patrol cars to support the anti-texting and driving campaign. Missouri is just one of 38 states to have laws limiting cell phone use while driving. The Federal Department of Transportation has also issued a ban on texting and driving for all commercial truck drivers.

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