From the Belleville NEws Democrat
Go to the recycling pile and pull out Friday's Page A1. Clip out the lead story and put it on the refrigerator: "Texting tied to fatal crash."
St. Clair County sheriff's investigators said Mindy Hoyt, 29, of Swansea was texting either right before or during the head-on collision that critically injured her and killed her 4-year-old son, Diego Rangel. Imagine her waking up in the hospital, learning of her son's death and then living with her role each time she looks at one of Diego's four brothers for the rest of her life.
Texting while driving is illegal in Illinois for a good reason, yet we all see other drivers looking at their glowing cellphone screens instead of the road. Talking on the cell while driving is legal, but just a bad idea.
Drunken driving since 1982 fell from causing about half to causing one-third of the crash fatalities nationally in 2007, while distracted driving climbed to the cause of nearly two-thirds of the crash deaths. You don't need a new law to govern your behavior. You just need to look at that article and imagine if it were you. The text or the call should wait.