Transportation Secretary LaHood Continues to Fight against Distracted Driving
Last month US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new national strategy for ending “distracted driving”. LaHood has not yet called to ban all mobile device use in automobiles like the National Transportation Safety Board but his strategy does encourage the 11 states that do not have distracted driving laws to do so.
Missouri is one of the eleven states that currently has no ban in place on using mobile devices while driving. The legislature continues to try to enact a ban but even though at least seven bills have been proposed none have been voted on. At present there is only a law prohibiting drivers 21 and under from texting while driving. It seems to shape up as a state’s law vs. federal law battle but the mood of the country seems clear with 39 states already having some bans in place.
If you or anyone you know has been injured by a distracted driver you should contact an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney at Hoffman & Gelfman immediately. The fact that bans aren’t currently in place does not mean that drivers can get away with careless driving without being held accountable. Visit our website and speak with an auto accident expert to get the necessary information about your rights in this matter.