Chicago Bans Driving & Texting
Posted: Oct 9, 2008 09:47 PM
Texting & Driving
By Inggrid Yonata
ROCKFORD - Next time you drive in Chicago you may want to think twice before text messaging behind the wheel.
The Windy City is the latest to ban texting while driving. They say keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. But that's no longer the case for many drivers. Philip Smith, 21, says he text messages in the car. "More in the car than elsewhere. 'Cause that's the only thing you can do in the car." Emily Wilkinson says, "I just don't think about it, it's second nature."
This trend of texting on the move got Chicago to place a ban on mobile texters. Rockford Alderman Jeff Holt says, "I'm not surprised, with internet music with texting, people get distracted."
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show nearly 80 percent of the nation's car crashes are triggered by distracted driving.
Rockford doesn't have a law against texting on the road, but Alderman Holt says the city needs to keep a close eye on this trend. "If we find that people are texting instead of paying attention to driving, then the city council may need to take a look at passing a similar type of ordinance"
For texters who end up in an accident, Rockford police have a message. "They'll get a moving violation on their drivers license, have points taken away from the license, pay a heavy monetary fine and reimbursing the other driver for all the damages," says Lt. Dane Person.
Chicago is the biggest U.S. city to pass a ban and joins 10 states with similar restrictions.