At its 2012 annual meeting, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) updated its policies on distracted and drugged driving. The GHSA is urging states that have not adopted laws consistent with its policies to enact such laws as soon as possible. Our Kansas City accident injury attorneys think that those who live and work in our community should understand the GHSA safe driving recommendations and whether Kansas and Missouri laws comply with those recommendations.
Current KS and MO Laws Are Not Consistent With the 2012 GHSA Distracted Driving Recommendations
The GHSA is now recommending that states ban handheld cell phones for all drivers. The GHSA believes that banning the use of cell phones entirely may be easier to enforce than texting and driving bans and that the laws will send a clear message that cell phone use while driving is dangerous. Currently, Kansas and Missouri do not have laws in place that ban handheld cell phones for all drivers.
Current KS and MO Laws Are Not Consistent With the 2012 GHSA Drugged Driving Recommendations
The GHSA not only strengthened its distracted driving recommendations but also the drugged driving recommendations. In 2012, the GHSA announced that it supports drugged driving per se laws, or zero tolerance laws. A drugged driving per se law means that a driver can be charged with drugged driving for having certain drugs in his or her system. Kansas and Missouri do not currently have drugged driving per se laws in place.
Contact a Kansas City Auto Accident Lawyer If You’ve Been Hurt in a Distracted or Drugged Driving Wreck
If you have been hurt, or a loved one has been killed, in a Kansas City drugged driving accident or a Kansas City distracted driving crash then it is important to contact an experienced Kansas City auto accident attorney as soon as possible at (816) 471-5111 or (888) 348-2616. While state laws may not be consistent with the latest GHSA recommendations, you may still be able to recover damages for your accident injuries. Please call us today and please read our free book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim, for more information.