County Faces Epidemic: Distracted Driving

By The Staff of Schuyler County Health Department

Our country, our state, and our communities are facing a tragic epidemic. It’s an epidemic that is killing children, sisters, brothers, factory workers, CEO’s, doctors, farmers, teenagers, police officers, waitresses – there is no one immune to this epidemic. The truly unfortunate aspect of this epidemic is that it is completely preventable, because we are bringing it on by choice.

The epidemic is distracted driving.

As we work hard to keep our communities healthy and safe, we are very concerned about what we see on the road. Using your phone while driving, puts not only you and your family at risk, but others driving on the road, workers on the road, even pedestrians. Does anyone really think texting and driving is safe?

Missouri is one of only three states in the U.S. that does not have an all driver texting ban. Texting or using a phone while driving, is only one of the many distractions we see every day. Sadly, we also notice many of our residents not wearing a seat belt. This is another tragedy. Three out of five of those, who were killed on Missouri roads last year, were not wearing a seat belt.

It’s time Missouri has a law that will help reduce deaths on our roads. If you would like to be part of a movement to save lives on Missouri roads, contact your legislator about passing an all-driver texting ban and a primary seat belt law. You can learn more at http://www.modot.org/BuckleUpPhoneDown/