Missouri Could Pass Texting While Driving Ban
I was honored to be invited by Senator Jill Schupp to testify at the Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee in favor of her SB821 next week, but I cannot make it due to other commitments at work.
About the Bill: Applies ban on using cell phones related to text messaging while driving to all drivers.
SB 821 – Currently, only drivers under the age of 22 and drivers of commercial motor vehicles are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones to send, read, or write text messages or electronic messages. This act applies the ban on use of hand-held cell phones to all drivers for the purposes of sending, reading, or writing text messages. Cell phones are permitted to be used by drivers in a hands-free voice activated mode.
However, I am providing my testimony in writing and wanted to share it with you here.
Save Lives by Supporting Missouri Senate Bill 821
Saving lives and preventing injury is not something you often hear a plaintiff’s personal injury trial attorney doing, because I make a living from crashes! Nonetheless, the primary purpose of the law is not to put the pieces together after a crash, that is the secondary purpose; a purpose of my work for nearly every day over the last 33+ years.
The primary purpose of the law is to prevent problems like vehicle crashes in the first place. That’s why we have speed limits, stop signs, and such. It’s simple: if everyone followed all the safety rules all the time, there’d be no crashes, no injuries, and no deaths. I might be out of business, but that’s ok!!
So, back to SB821. It’s a good bill. It’s a good goal to have safer drivers on our roads, not being distracted. The goal is not to issue tickets, but to establish enforceable rules for everyone to *live* by, not die due to texting drivers. So, please contact your Senator and encourage them to save more lives, maybe even folks you know, by voting in favor of SB821!!