texting while driving
Texting while driving is one step closer to being illegal in St. Charles.
State law already bans texting while driving for those under 21 years old, but the city of Kirkwood is considering prohibiting all drivers from texting.
The National Coalition for Safer Roads says 7.3 million red light violations, last year, were cause by cell phone usage.
Campaign called “It Can Wait”
Texting while driving has been illegal in Illinois since 2010, but it’s prevalent.
Charlie talks with STL Police Chief Dan Isom and AT&T Mo. President John Sontag about texting while driving and the “It Can Wait” pledge campaign; with STL Att’y Beavis Schock about camera tickets for speeding; and with the YMCA’s Caroline Mitchell about its 34th annual book fair from Aug. 17-Aug. 22.
Prosecutors said the teen was sending texts, looking at her phone and listening to loud music before her car slammed into another woman’s vehicle.
“There’s a study that shows texting while driving decreases your reaction time eight times worse than being legally drunk.”
State Rep. Jerry Costello says lawmakers are cracking down on phone use while driving because it’s a new technology that presents new problems.
Opponents of the bill say the bill creates privacy issues and is not enforceable.