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January 29, 2010 12:00 AM
Texting While Driving Garners National Spotlight
New campaign will alert drivers to dangers of texting while driving

JEFFERSON CITY - From Oprah to Jon Stewart, texting while driving is a topic that is garnering a lot of national attention. With five bills making their way through the Missouri legislature, texting while driving could be a thing of the past in Missouri. A new campaign will remind Missourians to keep their hands off their phones and on the wheel.

The new anti-texting while driving campaign will remind drivers of the consequences of distracted driving. The texting campaign will run Feb. 8-21 and include paid radio spots. One spot focuses on the fatal consequences of texting while driving while the other focuses on the social consequences the $200 fine can have on your life.

"In just three seconds at 70 miles per hour, your car will travel one football field," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "It is horrifying to realize so many drivers don't have their eyes on the road."

Last year, Missouri passed a law prohibiting drivers 21 and under from texting. The Missouri Legislature is currently reviewing bills that would expand the texting ban to all drivers.

Distracted driving is the leading cause of traffic crashes in Missouri and nationwide. According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million crashes a year on U.S. highways are caused by drivers using cell phones to talk or text. That's 28 percent of all accidents, a significant percentage that warrants attention.

For more information on distracted driving, visit saveMOlives.com.




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