SPRINGFIELD, Mo. More than 900 people died in traffic crashes on Missouri roads last year.
The number is actually down from 2017.
But, the number of cellphone-related crashes is increasing in Missouri.
According to MODOT, crashes are up 35% since 2014 and is one of the fastest growing causes of fatal crashes.
Drivers in the state may soon be required by law to stop all cellphone usage while driving.
The current law only bans texting for people younger than 21.
A bill before the Senate would ban texting and drive for people of all ages.
“It limits the use of cellphone for all drivers, and it will help us get rid of some of those distractions and help us save lives,” said Nicole Hood, state highway safety and traffic engineer at MoDOT, “and there’s nothing more important than the safety and mobility of all the public.”
MoDOT officials said it’s an easily preventable way to keep people safe, just like wearing seatbelts.
They also say speed, impairment, and fatigue also contribute to fatal crashes.