WASHINGTON (Oct. 23, 2019) — The National Transportation Safety Board, in coordination with the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, StopDistractions.org, and the University of Missouri, will host the “Distracted Driving Roundtable: Act to End Deadly Distractions,” to discuss the dangers of distracted driving in Missouri and throughout the nation.
Highway crashes are a leading cause of death and injury nationwide, with nearly 10% of traffic fatalities due to distracted driving. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation in 2018, there were 79 fatalities, 19,239 total crashes, 564 serious and 7,345 total injuries involving a distracted driver. The state does not have legislation banning cellphone use while driving or text messaging while driving. In fact, Missouri is one of only two states that has yet to pass legislation prohibiting text messaging while driving for all drivers. The issue of distracted driving is on the NTSB’s 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.
The roundtable will feature survivor advocates, researchers, regulators, and safety advocates in a wide-ranging, in-depth discussion of what can be done to reduce the deadly toll taken by distracted drivers in Missouri. This roundtable will offer a range of potential solutions, ranging from stronger laws, education initiatives, and other needed steps to reduce distracted driving crashes, injuries and fatalities.
NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg plans to hold a media availability following the roundtable to discuss strategies to prevent distracted driving.
WHO: NTSB Vice Chairman Landsberg.
WHAT: Roundtable to discuss distracted driving.
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT).
WHERE: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Stotler Lounge, 1st floor of Memorial Union
The roundtable will be livestreamed at: https://livestream.com/accounts/13547932/events/8865336