Mother Shares How Distracted Driving Cop Killed Her Daughter

Published 02/25 2014 06:25PM

Updated 02/25 2014 07:05PM

EAST PEORIA - One Illinois mother knows this all too well the dangers of distracted driving after her daughters were killed in an accident, but the state trooper who hit them was the one who wasn't paying attention.

Kim Schlau lost her daughters back in 2007 and on Tuesday she shared her story in front of dozens of law enforcement from across the state. The conference was hosted by Project Blue Light and Under 100, which aim to keep law enforcement officers safe on the job.

Since her daughter's death, Schlau has been pushing to make sure police are following the rules too. She said the trooper involved in the accident with her daughter was driving more than 100 miles an hour while on his computer and cell phone.

"I not only speak to cadets now, but I speak to you know, veteran law enforcement officers as well and I have a lot of them that came up to me afterward and say, I knew about your story before and it changed my driving habits, or they say you know what, you're right, I need to do something different,” Schlau said.

Schlau said the law to ban hand held cell phones in Illinois was a step in the right direction.

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