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Many States Falling Short on Distracted Driving Laws

April 04, 2018

Photo via Intel Free Press/Flickr.
Photo via Intel Free Press/Flickr.

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.

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  1. 1. Dennis Musselman [ April 05, 2018 @ 04:39PM ]

    The laws don't do much good anyway. Even police drive around while texting or playing on their computers. The thing is, the old distracted laws cover EVERYTHING. Distracted driving is distracted driving, regardless of the cause of the distraction. No new laws are needed.

  2. 2. Michael G [ April 06, 2018 @ 04:24AM ]

    For those of you who drive high profile vehicles. Have all seen it all to offen. If the police and politicians would listen to the people. They would find out that we see this everyday all day. People on there phones. I've even offered the state that I would video the acts which would be time stamped and include license plate info. Then the state could split the finds. This would be just like the red light camera. Just mail the fines with the photo's cha ching. I could retire in 6 months. But the government and politicians just don't care and just give us lip service



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