More seat belt use couldn't hurt, but less texting certainly is needed
The Kansas City Star
The bumper stickers that used to say “Hang up and drive” have worn off or faded away.
People not only have a defiant expectation of talking on cellphones while driving, but they are texting, too. That is likely responsible for the jump in traffic fatalities not only in Kansas City but in Kansas and Missouri, too, The Kansas City Star reports.
Traffic fatalities went from 66 in 2011 to 72 last year in Kansas City — the highest in nine years. They went up 5 percent from 2011, rising to 402 last year in Kansas.
Missouri had 818 traffic deaths, up 4 percent. Officials pin the trend to drivers being distracted and point to cellphone use as the leading culprit.
Certainly getting more people to wear seat belts would help reduce fatalities. But getting more people to hang up and drive would ensure the safety not only of the offending motorist but pedestrians and others on the road who are doing what’s right.