The Missouri State Highway Patrol launched their campaign calling for drivers to stay off cell phones and PDAs while behind the wheel, and they’ve recruited NASCAR driver Colin Braun to help promote it.
Braun’s #16 car sported the new anti-texting logo on Saturday at NASCAR’s Nationwide Series race in Madison, Ill at Gateway International Raceway.
In Missouri, it is illegal for drivers under 21 to text and drive. Twenty-five percent of crashes each year in the state are caused by inattentive driving.
Braun secured his highest finish of the season on Satruday at Gateway International Raceway.
Updated numbers from Washington state’s distracted driving law:
As of July 8, the Washington State Patrol has issued 736 citations for talking and 43 for texting behind the wheel. At $124 per ticket, that means the state has banked nearly $100,000 in 28 days.
The Patrol has issued 504 warnings for talking and 44 for texting since the new law went into effect, even though the Patrol touted a no grace period policy for the act, that has been a secondary offense for two years.
Close to 670 drivers state wide in Washington have been ticketed and fined $124 for talking on handheld phones or texting behind the wheel.
It seems more Washingtonians are talking while driving, or at least it’s easier to catch than those texting. The State Patrol has issued 633 citations for talking and 34 citations for texting while driving.
The Seattle Police Department says they have not tracked the number of citations since the law went into effect.