According to, the federal government website dedicated to distracted driving, reports that when a driver is texting, their eyes are off the road for, at a minimum, five seconds. So much can happen in those five seconds and oftentimes does. Consequently, each state has enacted its own laws, either limiting or prohibiting cell phone use while on the road.  Learn more about texting and driving in this presentation.

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Wesley Cottrell

Wes Cottrell earned his B.A. from Pittsburg State University in 1981 and his J.D. from the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas in 1985. He was admitted to practice law in Kansas in 1986, in Missouri in 1987, in Arkansas in 1989, and Oklahoma in 1993. He is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, eastern Arkansas, western Arkansas, and western Missouri. He was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Crawford County, Kansas from 1987-1989.

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