What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from driving. That means anything can be a distraction. Popular examples include, talking on a cell phone, and texting and driving. Being distracted while driving can increase the chance of a car accident. In fact, texting is considered a deadly form of distracted driving.
Basically, a driver is distracted when they pay attention to a second activity while driving. This additional activity demands the driver’s attention, which can cause him or her to be less observant or unable to control the vehicle in a safe manner. For instance, a driver’s:
- Eyes are taken off the road to read roadside signs or look at himself in the mirror
- Hands are taken off the wheel when eating, drinking or changing the radio station
- Mind is taken away from driving when involved in any distracting activity, especially using the cell phone to text, email or talk
What You Should Know About Distracted Driving
- When a driver is distracted, he or she may not drive a consistent speed or control the distance to the car in front or may drive erratically, swerving in his or her lane.
- Auto industry studies have generally concluded that a driver should not have their eyes off the road for more than two to three seconds.
- Nine people in the United States are killed every day in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
- Distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,142 people in 2020.
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Cell Phone Laws
Bans on hand-held phone conversations are becoming more common in the U.S. Now 24 states and the District of Columbia have similar laws. Plus,
- Texting is banned for all drivers in 48 states and the District or Columbia.
- 36 states and the District of Columbia have phone use bans specifically targeting young drivers.
Cell Phone Laws in Missouri
Missouri’s current law only prohibits drivers 21 and under from texting while driving.; with a few exceptions. The law does not apply to drivers over the age of 21. However, it does prohibit commercial drivers, regardless of age, from using a hand-held communication device, including to send, read, or write a text.
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Editor’s Note: This page was reviewed for content and accuracy on August 18, 2022.