Q What Are the Laws for Calling and Texting While Driving in Missouri?
Missouri is one of 11 states without a ban on text messaging for all drivers. Drivers 21 years of age and younger are prohibited from sending, reading, or writing a text message or electronic message while operating a moving motor vehicle; but this law doesn't extend to those over the age of 21.
Several distracted driving bills — most of which sought to ban text messaging for all Missouri drivers — were proposed in 2014, but none came to a vote.
However, it's strongly advised that no one, regardless of age, text while driving. If you're texting behind the wheel, you're putting yourself and others at risk. If you get into an accident because you were distracted, you could be considered at fault and face serious legal trouble.
There are no laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving in the state of Missouri. However, drivers are advised to use extreme caution when using a cell phone even for regular calls. It's easy to take your mind and eyes off of the road when you're engaged in a conversation — especially if you have one hand off of the wheel, holding your phone.
If you need to make a call, consider pulling over to a safe area first, or ask a passenger in your car to make the call for you. You can also purchase a hands-free device, enabling you to use your phone while also keeping both hands on the steering wheel.
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