Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two years ago Alison Kinderfather’s elderly mother was taking a walk when she was hit by a car at Elm and Big Bend.

Dr. Kathleen Kinderfather survived, but spent two months in the hospital, another six months in rehab and only recently was able to return home.

Alison Kinderfather says that’s a high price to pay for a moment of inattention on the part of a driver.

“Please be aware of the surroundingsno texting, no phone calls, no eatingkeep your mind on the road and know that somebody’s life is in your hands,” she says.

She spoke Thursday morning during an event to remind area residents that warmer weather is here and more bikers, joggers and walkers are going to be out and aboutas well as kids on summer break.

Metro president John Nations joined with MoDOT and TrailNet to remind drivers to put down the smartphones and pay attention to the road.

He supports legislation in Jefferson City that would ban drivers from using cellphones, regardless of age, and would increase penalties for those who hit pedestrians.

Ann Mack with TrailNet also says the issue needs legislative attention.

“We are hoping that in the 2015 legislative session, a ‘no texting’ law will be passed,” she says.

She says it needs to apply to all drivers, regardless of age.

Some states ban only novice drivers from using hand-held devices while behind the wheel.

Mack also wants to see Missouri adopt stronger penalties for drivers who strike
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