September 19, 2012
The Kansas Department of Transportation using highway signs to send the message "Don't text and drive, it can wait"
Just ask Wichita Police Officer Eric Little. Last year as he was stopped along Kellogg to help direct traffic, a texting driver smashed into his patrol car. Luckily he wasn't in the car when it was hit.
Kdot records show in the last two years there were more than a thousand accidents caused by distracted drivers using cell phones, Nine of those ended in death.
"I see them. You can tell as they are driving down the street, they start swerving around," said Wichita driver Pat Hastings.
The Wichita police department says its officers cite drivers for inattentive driving, which includes texting and driving.
The number of citations issued every year is in the thousands
"When you take your eye off the road," said Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte, "you are now processing something that is not driving and that's the distraction."