Police to drivers: Don't talk on cell phones

March 10, 2010 1:47:12 PM PST
Illinois State Police announce a new initiative to get drivers to put down their cell phones and pay attention to the road. It's called "Operation Star."

The enforcement action is in response to the state trooper who was injured by a driver who was allegedly using her cell phone. Last month, the trooper was struck while standing on the Dan Ryan conducting a traffic stop. She suffered two broken legs and a smashed pelvis.

The driver, 19-year-old Kimisha Moore, admitted to using her cell phone at the time of the crash. She is charged with failure to yield and aggravated reckless conduct.

State police say they are using aggressive campaigns on area interstates against distracted drivers.

"Today, troopers will be writing tickets to those who fail to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles and to these motorists who drive and text. We want the public to know if you drive and text, you may be next," said Cmdr. Terry Lemming, Illinois State Police.

Last year, more than 1,400 citations were written for motorists who refused to slow down or move over for emergency vehicles on the side of the road.