Saferoads.org ranks Missouri among the worst states in the nation for highway and vehicle safety. The advocacy group says Missouri has four of 16 traveler safety laws it thinks states should have.
The organization says Missouri has failed to pass several regulations, including a primary seat belt law, ban on texting while driving and a requirement that toddlers be restrained in a booster seat while in a vehicle. The low ranking also takes into consideration that Missouri allows passengers to carry and drink open containers of alcohol.
It says the annual economic cost from motor vehicle crashes is more than $5.5 billion in Missouri.
The states with the best rankings include Rhode Island, Delaware and Oregon.
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