Motorists Frustrated by Texting Drivers

6 years 5 months 2 days ago Tuesday, April 16 2013 Apr 16, 2013 Tuesday, April 16, 2013 4:24:00 PM CDT April 16, 2013 in News
By: Michelle Clemens

COLUMBIA - Though texting while driving is legal for those over age 21 in Missouri, drivers who don't text and drive don't approve of the action.

"It's inconsiderate" said Kayla Jackson, who used to text and drive but doesn't anymore. Jackson hopes "people minimize [texting and driving] for everybody's safety."

Jackson is not alone. Several national campaigns warn against the dangers of texting while driving. AT&T launched its "It Can Wait" campaign in 2009 to discourage texting behind the wheel.

Missouri's ban from texting for new drivers might not be as effective as once thought. A recent study found that more adults admit to texting while driving than teenagers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving makes the driver 23 times more likely to get into an accident. Each sent or received text message takes motorists' eyes off the road for about five seconds. Additionally, this infographic highlights more texting and driving statistics.

39 states and the District of Columbia have fully banned texting behind the wheel.

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