Decatur City Council, police discuss options to combat distracted driving

Posted: Updated:

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur police and city council members are trying to crack down on distracted driving.

Decatur City Council Member Pat McDaniel wants to add a hefty fine for distracted driving.  The idea drew support from Decatur Police Chief Jim Getz, who told the council how dangerous using electronic devices and driving can be.  Chief Getz also mentioned statistics that say distracted driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than someone driving under the influence.

Chief Getz says, "You're looking down at your phone a few seconds, and you've traveled the length of a football field.  You could hit the car in front of you, the person in front of you, drive off the road, it's just dangerous.  People need to not do it."

Additionally, Councilman Pat McDaniel was not happy about the lack of support for the city ordnance.  

McDaniel warned other council members saying, "I better not let me catch any of you talking on a cellphone in your car. I will make a citizens arrest."

Many council members agreed that the fight against distracted driving starts with educating the public on the dangers associated with it.

City officials also say a group of protesters attended Monday night's meeting, arguing that the city should take economic and environmental issues into account before logging a small wooded section across from Sportsman Park.

Current Conditions
  • Current Events

    • Spirit of Giving

      Join WAND, Cromwell Radio, Walmart North and Macon County Toys for Tots in the Spirit of Giving Toy Drive, Friday, December 1st. T

    • Coats for Kids Drive

      DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - You can help keep central Illinois children warm this winter by donating new and gently used coats during WAND-TV's Coats for Kids drive.

    • Agribusiness Today

      Get your agribusiness report here!

    • Web Exclusives

      Here at WAND we strive to bring you the latest coverage on news happening across central Illinois, and this page is a continuation of that effort.