Missouri is not the leader in safety when it comes to cell phone use and texting while driving.
It should be a leader.
Please call/email your legislator today, and ask them to make the roads safer for all of us. (Just don’t do it while you are driving!)
In the United States talking on a cellphone while driving is currently banned in 14 states, however Missouri is not one of these 14 states. The use of all cellphones by novice drivers is restricted in 37 states including Missouri.
Text messaging is banned for all drivers in 44 states and the District of Columbia, but in the state of Missouri we only have a partial ban. This ban only restricts those 21 and under from texting while driving. In addition to Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas novice drivers are banned from texting.
Many localities have enacted their own bans on cellphones or text messaging. In some but not all states, local jurisdictions need specific statutory authority to do so. In addition, most school bus drivers are banned from texting and using hand-held cellphones by state code, regulation or school district policy.
The table and maps below show the states that have cellphone laws, whether they specifically ban text messaging, and whether they are enforced as primary or secondary laws. Under secondary laws, an officer must have some other reason to stop a vehicle before citing a driver for using a cellphone. Laws without this restriction are called primary.