St. LOUIS, (KMOX) – Missouri police officers and doctors are telling people to put their cell phones down when they’re driving.

Physicians at Barnes Jewish Hospital’s Trauma Center say 20 percent of all injury accidents happen because of distracted driving.  Texting while driving is a huge contributor to that statistic. Dr. Lori Popejoy lost a son to distracted driving.

“I am the mother who buried her child, when our family gathers for holidays, it’s with the knowledge and the underlying sadness that our children are gone.” ” As the Highway Patrol told us when they came to our home, your son paid a very high price for a mistake, for a simple moment of distraction.”

Washington University surgeon Douglas Schuerer says texting while driving has become commonplace for many people:

“Looking directly at texting, there’s a study that shows texting while driving decreases your reaction time eight times worse than being legally drunk at point 08.”


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