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Man shaving while driving — 1 of dozens stopped on Kennedy

Updated: November 2, 2013 6:14AM



Illinois State Police troopers stopped a man for shaving while driving on the Kennedy Expy. during a sting on distracted motorists Monday morning, officials said.

The man was issued a warning, but about 135 other motorists were ticketed for distracted driving between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., said Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police. The tickets carry a $120 fine.

Most of the motorists were ticketed for texting while driving.

Spotters were looking down on the southbound lanes of the Kennedy Expy. at both Montrose and Addison, alerting other troopers which cars to stop.

One trooper also was shooting video of distracted drivers, said Illinois State Police Lt. David Byrd.

One motorist was using an electric shaver while driving his car. He told a trooper that he was late for work.

“He was trying to multitask,” Byrd said. “At least it was an electric shaver and not a bowl of water and shaving cream.”

Another man was texting while driving a pickup truck pulling a small crane on a trailer, Byrd said. He was ticketed.

Byrd said texting and driving is almost as dangerous as drunken driving. It’s the cause of many rear-end accidents during rush hour, Byrd said.

He pointed out that a trooper was almost killed by a distracted driver in 2010. Starlena Wilson was standing near the driver’s side door of a vehicle she stopped on the Dan Ryan Expy. when she was struck by a motorist using a cellphone.

“She has had to go through extensive rehabilitation,” Byrd said.

On Monday morning, electronic signs on the expressway warned drivers of the anti-texting operation.

The man who was shaving said he saw the signs but didn’t think it applied to shaving. But the trooper told him it was still considered distracted driving and gave him a verbal warning, Byrd said.

“It was a success from our end,” Byrd said. “People need to understand that this will happen frequently.”

A Chicago ordinance bans drivers from talking on their phones, but state police don’t enforce it, Byrd said. State troopers will enforce a statewide ban when it takes effect Jan. 1, he said.

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