ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The National Coalition for Safer Roads says an estimated 23,602 red light violations in St. Louis last year were due to distracted driving, mainly talking on a cell phone or texting while driving.

The NCSR estimates, nationwide last year, there were 7.3 million red light violations due to distracted driving.

NCSR president Melissa Wandal says cell phone use is a factor in many of those cases and is calling on states to pass more cell phone prohibitions while driving.

“Six cell phone laws reduce the risk of distracted driving by 7 percent,” Wandal says.

Missouri bans texting for novice drivers.

Illinois has a ban on texting for all drivers and a ban on cell phone use of any kind for novice drivers. Illinois also bans all cell phone use in school and highway construction zones.


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