Enquiring Minds: Inattentive Driving
Watch out if you’re driving through O’Fallon, Missouri. You might get stopped by a cop for “inattentive driving.”
We've all seen somebody driving while they're on their cell phone, but it's more than that. That includes things like applying makeup or even inputting information into your GPS. Although one lawmaker suggested the restrictions are un-American, the City Council decided anyway to broaden the ordinance that forbids texting while behind the wheel of a car.
Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler says the new law doesn’t give cops license to stop people from eating a candy bar or sipping a cup of coffee. It will mainly be used during accident investigations with violators facing fines of up to $500 and/or three months in jail. Just the same, there’s already a petition drive to put a referendum on the ballot next April with the intent of doing away with inattentive driving restrictions. Or, the City Council could just repeal it.
What do you think? Should there be an "inattentive driving" law? What do you think should be included in the description of "inattentive driving"? Tell me all about it and I'll share your answers on the air!