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KANSAS CITY, Mo.
— The Kansas City Traffic Safety Authority says it is expanding its enforcement of the state’s traffic laws to include people using cell phones.
The KSTA says the expansion is a result of the Kansas City Police Department issuing the new traffic citations in an effort to combat what the agency calls “the trend of cell phone-enabled drivers” that have caused several accidents in recent months.
A recent crash in Kansas City left a pedestrian dead and four others injured.
In a statement Monday, KSTAs spokesperson Jason Williams said, “This expansion will allow the city to provide a level of enforcement that is consistent with our goal of providing safe traffic for all citizens, regardless of age, race, gender, or disability.”
He said the expanded enforcement will help with enforcement in traffic accidents, and also “help us focus our resources on those areas where the majority of our traffic fatalities occur.”
In addition to issuing citations for driving with a cell phone, the KSTP is also expanding its traffic enforcement efforts to include texting and other cell phone use while driving.