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Missouri’s hands-free law aims to reduce distracted driving

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Missouri recently implemented a hands-free driving law aimed at reducing the alarming rates of distracted driving incidents. This legislation prohibits the use of handheld electronic devices while operating a car. It also signals a significant step towards minimizing the risks associated with distracted driving.

The new law aligns with the state’s dedication to fostering a safer driving environment. It also helps promote awareness and curb the prevalence of accidents caused by distraction.

Prohibiting handheld device use while driving

The cornerstone of Missouri’s hands-free driving law is the prohibition of using handheld electronic devices while driving. This includes activities such as texting, making phone calls without hands-free technology and engaging in any other actions that require the driver to hold or use a device. By restricting these behaviors, the law aims to eliminate one of the primary sources of distraction on the road.

Focusing on road safety

The implementation of the hands-free driving law underscores Missouri’s commitment to road safety. The hands-free law not only protects drivers but also passengers, pedestrians and cyclists who share the road.

Enhancing public awareness campaigns

In conjunction with the hands-free driving law, Missouri has initiated public awareness campaigns to educate residents about the dangers of distracted driving and the specifics of the new legislation. These campaigns emphasize the importance of remaining focused on the road. They also highlight the potential consequences of using handheld devices while driving.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reports that hands-free laws reduce distracted driving-related fatalities by 15%. By addressing the root causes of distracted driving, the state aims to improve roadway safety for residents and travelers alike.

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