For Mo. students, cell phone debate isn't academic
ST. JAMES, Mo. (AP) — Young people in one Missouri town understand the quest by a federal agency to outlaw any use of cellphones by drivers, even as the push has met significant resistance elsewhere.
Dozens of band students from St. James were on two school buses involved in a 2010 crash that spurred the recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board. That pileup southwest of St. Louis was the result of texting by a 19-year-old pickup truck driver who died in the wreck, Daniel Schatz.
A student on one bus, 15-year-old Jessica Brinker, also was killed. Her former classmates say the horrific scene was enough to convince them that texting and driving are a bad combination. Some have stopped using their phones at all while behind the wheel.