Megan Lynch

WASHINGTON D.C. (KMOX) – A new report says drivers paying attention to something other than the road trigger up to  quarter of all crashes, but there’s no clear solution.

“I think everybody who drivers knows that every day they see someone who’s texting or on their cell phone while they drive,” says Jonathan Adkins with the Governors Highway Safety Association.

The group just compiled the most recent distracted driving research into one report.  “We know that distracted driving is a big problem, that far too many of us are doing it, but we’re less sure of what to do about it.”

Adkins says electronics are the number one distraction for motorists.  He says there’s no good measure of the effectiveness of cell phone bans.  The group does recommend texting bans.

Missouri does prohibit texting by younger drivers.

The GHSA also recommends states install rumble strips on the sides of roads to alert motorists drifting out of a lane.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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