Mother of girls killed by distracted driving state trooper speaks out

The mother of two teenage girls killed in a horrific car accident in 2007 with an Illinois state trooper is fighting against his efforts to get his drivers license back.

The officer involved in the accident, Matt Mitchell, was driving more than 100 miles-per-hour while talking on his cell phone.  He pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and lost his privilege to drive.

But the victims’ mother is fighting efforts to have his drivers license reinstated.

Kim Schlau says even before the tragic collision on an O’Fallon Illinois Roadway, Mitchell showed a pattern of poor judgment and reckless driving. She says he crashed his squad car half a dozen times before that terrible November day in 2007.

Today, at a Bolingbrook gathering of suburban law enforcement administrative workers, Schlau  spoke out about the growing problem of distracted driving among police officers with radios, on board computers and cellphones providing dangerous distractions.  She speaks 40 times a year to police departments across the country.

Schlau finds some degree of comfort knowing that her terrible story is producing change in law enforcement procedures to help reduce distracted driving when it comes to squad cars.

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