The U.S. is down to just three states that permit people to text while driving. You guessed it: Missouri is one of the states, along with Montana and Arizona. It should be noted that Missouri does restrict drivers age 21 and under from texting while behind the wheel.
Listen to the news long enough, and you’re bound to hear that there’s been a crash on a Missouri highway. Each time there’s a crash, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper will visit the scene and fill out an accident report. That report can then go on to play a major role in any legal battles that follow.
What do motorists here in St. Louis and across the nation think is the biggest threat to their safety on the road? A new national study by the Harris Poll determined that more than half believe distracted driving is now the biggest threat.
Drowsy driving can be extremely dangerous for you and for everyone else on the road. Being tired can negatively impact your reaction time, ability to focus and awareness of surroundings, and sleepiness leads to numerous motor vehicle collisions every year.
The Missouri Department of Transportation signs along the interstate warned drivers that traffic ahead was slow. But the truck rolled past those warnings, just as it rolled past the state trooper parked alongside the highway with his emergency lights on and holding a sign urging drivers to slow down. Vehicles on the highway were indeed slowing and stopping - all but the big rig thundering along Interstate 70 near Columbia.
Nearly everywhere you look, you’ll find facts, feelings and myths surrounding the nation’s motorcycle helmet laws. Even though countless statistics confirm that helmets can save lives, the laws remain mired in controversy.
As our regular readers know, we often write about behind-the-wheel behaviors that can lead to auto accidents, including speeding and impairment. We also find ourselves returning to a topic that keeps gaining in prominence here in St. Louis and across the nation: distracted driving.
You might be relieved to be done with winter driving conditions for a few months. Driving on icy roads in a blizzard just feels really dangerous.