To the members of the Missouri General Assembly:

We the undersigned join with Doug Horn and other driving safety advocates in urging you to pass an All-Driver Texting Ban law.

Distracted driving, in particular the use of a cell phone while driving, has become epidemic in our state. As distracted drivers take their eyes off the road to text and manipulate their phones, they substantially increase the probability of a violent collision. The type of collisions that cause serious injury or worse.

Not only would an anti-texting law help reduce Missouri traffic fatalities and put us in line with the other 48 states where texting while driving is already illegal, but it would also repair our defective current law. As you know, our current law is hypocritical in that it prohibits younger drivers from texting and driving, but allows those drivers 22 and over to text, email, browse the internet, post to social media, watch video, etc. while driving.

With all of us now facing a new universe of roadway risk on Missouri roads, it is time to put the collective public health interests above the individual rights of those who choose to drive dangerously. Make it illegal to text and drive in Missouri.