Highway Patrol Takes Anti-Texting Message to Roads
"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.