Graphic PSA Messages Aim to Curb Texting and Driving

By Chris Eidson

Published 04/06 2014 07:35PM

Updated 04/07 2014 06:34AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- New graphic warnings about texting and driving will be coming to your TV and computer this month.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a campaign of Public Service Announcements to reach the younger audiences.

All it takes is one text message when you're behind the wheel to end your life and the lives of others.

That's the message behind a new anti-texting campaign from the Department of Transportation.

"We're still losing more than 3000 lives every year and hundreds of thousands are injured because of crashes caused by distraction," Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

Beginning this week law enforcement officers will be cracking down on distracted driving.

Most states have laws against texting and driving, but Missouri is not one of them.

However you can get a ticket for careless and imprudent driving if you pick up your phone behind the wheel.

So law enforcement, the DOT, and the NTSB are warning drivers in every state.

"The message is simple: you text, you drive, you pay," Foxx said.

In 2009, only 18 states had anti-texting and driving laws.

As of this year, 43 states now have them, including Arkansas.

Missouri does not have a ban for all ages, but it is illegal for those under 21 and certain commercial drivers.

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