Many States Falling Short on Distracted Driving Laws
Some 20 states still lack texting while driving bans for all drivers or total cellphone bans for teens and novice drivers, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
Four states — Florida, Arizona, Montana, and Missouri — don't have any laws addresses either area, and 16 states have laws in only one of the two areas, according to the NSC's State of Safety report.
Since its State of Safety report was released last year, New Mexico, Texas, and Iowa have joined 27 other states and the District of Columbia in passing legislation in both areas.
However, the agency believes more work is needed and is urging lawmakers to enact comprehensive laws to prevent further injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving behaviors.
Each day in the U.S., approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in reported crashes that involve a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The council believes too many states are woefully behind in addressing distracted driving and the group advocates for a full ban on using electronic devices behind the wheel. The council timed its current push for legislation to coincide with Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.