Highway Patrol Takes Anti-Texting Message to Roads

7 years 8 months 4 days ago Friday, September 17 2010 Sep 17, 2010 Friday, September 17, 2010 6:10:57 AM CDT September 17, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Cell phone use was involved in eight traffic crashes resulting in death so far this year. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is placing logos on all patrol vehicles to encourage drivers to focus on the road instead of their phones.

"We want to cut down on distracted driving. This particular campaign aims at texting, but we also want to encourage people to reduce the time that they're spending on their cell phones," said Lt. John Hotz.

The current anti-texting law prohibits the use of texting devices for drivers 21 years of age and younger, but highway patrol officers ask that all Missouri drivers follow this law.

Since 2009, more than 1,700 traffic crashes occurred due to cell phone usage. Nearly 800 traffic crashes resulted in eight deaths and more than 230 injuries. Missouri is one of 38 states to enact some type of ant-texting legislation.

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