Another Legislative Push on Missouri’s Distracted Driving Legislation
Distracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents in the State of Missouri, and it has been for several years. The state has taken some major steps in an attempt to curb the problem by making it illegal to text for anyone who is under the age of 21. But is that enough? According to some Missouri legislators, it's not.
The Current Distracted Driving Laws in Missouri
Under the current laws, any driver who is under the age of 21 is not authorized to use a cell phone to text while driving. The same is true for commercial drivers. This has cut down on many accidents, but legislators believe that the state should expand the law, as many other states have done over the years.
The Proposed New Distracted Driving Laws
There are only three states texting and driving have remained legal for adults. They are Missouri, Arizona and Montana. Many of our neighboring states (Illinois, Oklahoma and Arkansas, for instance) have all made texting while driving illegal for everyone, regardless of age. Lawmakers hope that Missouri will soon be able to follow suit because of six new bills that have been introduced.
As your St. Louis car accident attorney, we're concerned for your safety on the road. If you're in an accident because of someone texting while driving, we want to help you. Contact your St. Louis car accident attorney for assistance.