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Distracted Driving: Missouri Criminalizes Using Cell Phones While Driving/Texting While Driving

Distracted Driving: Missouri Criminalizes Using Cell Phones While Driving/Texting While Driving

Distracted Driving: Missouri Criminalizes Using Cell Phones While Driving/Texting While Driving

Missouri, known for its scenic landscapes and vibrant cities, has taken a significant step toward improving road safety with the implementation of the Siddens Bening Hands-Free Law. The law became effective on August 28, 2023. The law criminalizes using cell phones while driving and texting while driving.  The goal is to reduce distracted driving incidents and make roads safer. In this blog post, we will delve into the details of this legislation, its importance, and how it impacts drivers across the state.

Understanding the Siddens Bening Hands-Free Law:

  1. What Does the Law Encompass?

The Siddens Bening Hands-Free Law prohibits the use of handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. It’s important to note that this law applies not only to using a cell phone while driving, but also to tablets and other handheld electronic devices. This criminalizes texting while driving, making phone calls, browsing the internet, or any other activity that requires physically holding the device.

  1. Why Was the Law Introduced?

Distracted driving has become a growing concern across the United States. In Missouri, like many other states, accidents caused by distracted driving have led to injuries and even fatalities. The Siddens Bening Hands-Free Law was introduced to address this issue by reducing distractions and enhancing road safety.

  1. Penalties for Violations:

It’s crucial for drivers to be aware of the penalties associated with violating this law. The punishment for violating the law depends on the circumstances. Simply using a handheld electronic device is punishment by a fine with increased  fines for subsequent violations. However, use of cell phone while driving or other such device where the use is the proximate cause of property damage, serious physical injury or death to a person can be punished by imprisonment. Additionally, points may be added to the driver’s record, leading to higher insurance premiums.

  1. Exceptions and Safe Practices:

While the law is clear about prohibiting handheld device use while driving, there are exceptions. Drivers can still use hands-free technology, such as Bluetooth headsets or voice-activated features, to make calls or send messages. However, it’s essential to use these devices responsibly and minimize distractions while driving.

  1. Benefits of the Siddens Bening Hands-Free Law:

The primary benefit of this law is a safer road environment. By discouraging the use of handheld devices, it reduces the likelihood of accidents caused by distracted driving. Moreover, it promotes responsible and attentive driving habits, ultimately saving lives and preventing injuries.

Missouri’s Hands-Free Law Leads the Way

Missouri’s Siddens Bening Hands-Free Law is a significant step towards creating safer roads for everyone. It encourages drivers to stay focused on the road and prioritize safety over distractions. To comply with this law, it’s essential for all drivers to use hands-free technology and adopt responsible driving practices. By doing so, we can look forward to a future where our roads are safer, and accidents due to distracted driving become a thing of the past.

Remember, always stay informed about the latest updates and changes in traffic laws in your area to ensure that you are driving safely and responsibly.

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