12/14/2011The National Transportation Safety Board has urged a federal ban on nonemergency cellphone use while driving upon completion of its investigation into a crash that occurred near Gray Summit last year. The Board found that the driver of a pickup truck had sent 11 text messages in the previous 11 minutes before slamming into the back of a Volvo that had stopped at a construction zone on Highway I-44. Two busses subsequently crashed into the pickup truck, killing the pickup truck driver, one passenger on a school bus, and injuring 38.
Alvin Wolff Jr.
Alvin Wolff Jr.
While the Board has made its recommendation to the state, it has been pointed out that enforcement of any anti-texting law is difficult. Missouri already has a law in place that outlaws people from under 21 from texting while driving, but it is hard to tell how old drivers are, or whether they are texting in the first place.
It is unfortunate that a deadly accident must occur for attention to be drawn to this issue. Texting while driving, using a cellphone while driving, or any other driving while being distracted is dangerous. Especially with the winter months coming, drivers should be on heightened alert to ensure that they are operating safely on the roadways. This includes watching your speed, avoiding use of a cellphone, and remaining aware of the car in front and around you.
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