More than 10 states continue to hold out against a complete ban on text messaging while driving for all motorists. Only 10 states have a ban on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. This is in spite of the fact that there is enough research to indicate that both of these practices are extremely distracting, and increase a person’s risk of being involved in an accident. Fortunately, the majority of the American population supports legislation that would prevent drivers from being distracted at the wheel.
According to a new report by the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, an overwhelming majority of Americans support bans on text messaging as well as hand-held cell phone use while driving.
Text messaging was found to be the most unpopular practice with 96% of the respondents in the survey, admitting that they were for a ban on text messaging while driving for all motorists. Eight percent of the respondents also said that they would support a ban on hand-held cell phones while driving.
On Monday, February 25, 2013, Kansas City Accident Lawyer Douglas Horn will be at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River Campus to survey students regarding cell phone practices while driving, including their opinions on Missouri’s anti-texting law. Unlike 39 states, which have totally banned texting while driving, Missouri takes a liberal approach by allowing drivers 22 and over to text and drive.
In addition to being the Lead Attorney of Kansas City based Horn Law, Horn is founder of Drive By Example, a safety initiative dedicated to the advancement of driver safety with a special emphasis on distracted driving prevention. Horn, who is a frequent contributor to media outlets, devotes a substantial part of work to driver safety advocacy. He hopes to expand his Drive By Example program in 2013.