Transportation task force tackles texting and driving

9 months 1 week 3 hours ago Thursday, November 09 2017 Nov 9, 2017 Thursday, November 09, 2017 7:03:00 PM CST November 09, 2017 in News
By: Aaron K. Ladd, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – A task force created to monitor Missouri's transportation system is combatting safety issues on roadways. In a meeting earlier this week, the 21st Century Transportation System task force discussed a variety of safety issues including texting and driving and seat belt usage. 

The group cited a jump in car crash fatalities as a reason to step up preventative legislation. MoDOT said there were 950 deaths in 2016, which is up 9 percent from the previous year. 

"We just ask people to show a little patience when they're behind the wheel," said Missouri State Highway Patrol Spokesperson Lt. Paul Reinsch. "Unfortunately texting and driving is causing a lot of crashes, and those crashes are causing serious injuries. If drivers show a little patience, it will go a long way."

The task force is made up of elected officials across the state with appointed members from the Senate, House, MoDOT and Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

Established by House Resolution 47 , the group evaluates the condition of Missouri's transportation system as a whole and will present its complete findings to the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2018.

Lawmakers also pinpointed Missouri's lack of a primary seat belt law as a deterrent.

"The most important thing you can do when you first get in the car is buckle your seatbelt," Lt. Reinsch said. "It all starts with that, take those three seconds when you get in the car to buckle up, and it will help you be safe."

In a safety report released earlier this year by The National Safety Council (NSC), Missouri received an 'F' for its on-road safety policies. NSC ranked the the Show-Me State 49th overall, citing a lack of distracted driving and seat belt laws. 

Click here to read the NSC State of Safety report for Missouri. 

More News

Grid
List
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday approved a new generic version of EpiPen, the emergency allergy medication that... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 8:10:26 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 7:41:13 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for the man accused of starting the Holy Fire that has... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 7:14:03 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An ethics panel says there's reason to believe that former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens broke the... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 5:43:44 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A community Facebook post on a Jefferson City page said a student got dropped off at the... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 5:22:00 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
BRANSON (AP) — A former employee of a southwestern Missouri paddlewheel tourist boat alleges in a lawsuit that he suffered... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 4:36:01 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
LINN- Forbes Magazine named State Technical College of Missouri as the third best two-year trade school in the country. ... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 3:44:00 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia is finally moving forward with an expansion project after... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 2:37:00 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in Top Stories
HOLTS SUMMIT - The Daniel Boone Regional Library is a step closer to expanding its reach into Holts Summit. It... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 2:36:00 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Charles Juden, director of the Department of Public Safety, will step down at the end of August.... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 12:59:00 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Federal prosecutors announced Friday the indictment of a Fulton man for trying to engage in sexual activity... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 12:35:00 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A 48-year-old Missouri man who stabbed his wife to death while their three children hid in... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 10:12:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway patrol says a 33-year-old man died after he was thrown from a... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 7:45:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - The Moberly Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Break Time convenience store on U.S. Highway... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 7:35:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
TUSCUMBIA (AP) — The trial of a 59-year-old man facing a capital murder charge in the 1984 death of a... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 4:23:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Ninety-one people have died in impaired driving accidents so far in 2018. The Missouri Coalition for... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 4:00:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - A severe thunderstorm brought half-dollar sized hail and hundreds of power outages to Randolph County Thursday evening. ... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three Indiana men involved in the armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy were indicted Thursday by a... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:32:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
10pm 77°
11pm 76°
12am 73°
1am 72°