On a recent Sunday morning I had a rather bewildering encounter I’d like to share.
I was driving down Deer Creek Road in O’Fallon headed for church when I caught a glimpse of movement out of the corner of my eye. A helmet-less lad riding a bike shot out into the right side of the road from an adjacent cul-de-sac. He was reminiscent of the bike-riding kid, Elliott, in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
As I approached him from the rear I gave him a wide berth partly because of his age but also due to his weaving. As I came abeam it was obvious why he was driving erratically.
Held tightly in his right hand was a cellphone, his eyes glued to the screen. Maybe he was tracking ET’s alien mothership?
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An Illinois law that went into effect in January 2014 bans the use of hand-held devices while driving. It also states, “all cell phone use is prohibited if you are a novice driver.”
Being late for church probably wasn’t a good excuse for not attempting a citizen’s arrest. In my defense, an old white-haired geezer jumping out of a car to confront a child is generally frowned upon in our fair city.
What a bad habit for an operator to pick up so early in life. You have to wonder whose inappropriate and illegal behavior he was modeling.
It’s just a sign of the times, a glimpse into the future, or both.
Bill Malec, O’Fallon