texting | KCUR

texting

Photo illustration by Bigstock and Kathy Lu

You know about what matters as you’re finding your way through the election season and making decisions on how to fill out your ballot, and KCUR wants to hear from you as we shape our Election 2020 coverage.

We learned a lot of lessons during the 2016 election season, most notably that we need to do more listening and hear from more diverse voices. And, we need to make it easier for you to connect with us.

Stephen Koranda / Kansas News Service

When Kansas State University Professor Sunanda Dissanayake and other researchers studied traffic fatalities in Kansas, they expected to find that more people had died on the roads.

After all, the state had increased speed limits on some highways to 75 miles per hour. Higher speeds lead to more severe crashes. But they did not expect such a deadly result.

www.harpercollins

When you text while you drive, you can’t be watch the road all the time. And that’s a problem when you encounter other people. A Utah college student found that out when he hit and killed two rocket scientists while texting on a drive through the Rocky Mountains.

Ken Banks / Flickr-CC

A measure on the Aug. 5 primary ballot in Missouri seeks to amend the state constitution to protect data and electronic communications from unreasonable search and seizure. 

Ballot language

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?

State and local governmental entities expect no significant costs or savings.

Police and highway patrol on the Kansas side of metro Kansas City are finding it hard to enforce laws against texting while driving. Loopholes allow it to go on, relatively unchecked as numbers bear out.

Kansas law is pretty clear, stating you can’t drive on road or highway “while using a wireless communications device to write, send or read a written communication.”

Yet, the Johnson County Sheriff's office only issued 17 tickets  for testing while driving in 2012. Overland Park Police wrote 45 tickets for the offense in 2011 and 40 in 2012.  

Analyzing The Texting And Driving Problem

Sep 10, 2013
Jason Weaver/ Flickr-CC

We all know that texting while driving often results in accidents, and a New Jersey court recently ruled that it's not only the driver who's responsible-- if you know someone's driving when you send a text, you might be held responsible if he or she gets into an accident.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City Kansas Mayor and Unified Government CEO  Joe Reardon took the Google Fiber theme to an unexpected place as his annual State of Unified Government became  audience-interactive.

Johnson County public works moves into two new, green buildings.  Kansas City police try to curb texting while driving.    It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

The Kansas City, Mo. Council revives a truancy curfew measure.  A Kansas City teen is charged with texting while driving in a fatal accident.  That and more news from KCUR.

Teen Girl Charged As Texting Driver In KC Death

Apr 19, 2012
GoogleEarth

A Kansas City, North teenage girl has been charged with involuntary manslaughter under a 2009 Missouri law that makes it a crime to text while driving.

Topkea, KS – Starting today, texting while driving is illegal in Kansas.

There will be a 6 month warning period before officers start issuing $60 fines.

Captain Art Wilburn with the Kansas Highway Patrol says the law will help improve safety on Kansas roads.

"Folks who are out there texting and driving, their attention is distracted from the roadway and their driving," says Wilburn. "It's not uncommon to see those people involved in accidents where they would run off the road or run into the back of another car."