Teens tackle texting issue as they learn about government

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Texting while waiting for lunch to be served is a good way to pass the time. Texting while waiting at a red light? Only if you can manage it without getting pulled over, participants in Youth in Government Day's mock city council decided. Pictured from left are participants Dylan Smith and Jakob Owens, juniors at Sikeston Senior High School. Pictured in the background are Sikeston City Councilman Bob Depro and Crystie Ressel who, along with Sarah McGill, was a Sikeston Senior High School sponsor. (Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)


SIKESTON -- Participants in this year's Youth in Government Day learned about local government while demonstrating they have what it takes find solutions.

The topic for the mock city council meeting held Friday as part of the annual event was whether the city should enact an ordinance which makes it illegal to text while operating a motor vehicle within city limits.

On one side of the issue are national statistics which show driving while distracted is a factor in 25 percent of crashes reported to police with the No. 1 source of driver inattention being the use of wireless devices.

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