Thursday, January 31, 2013
Ramsey County prosecutors say the Fridley resident was preoccupied with her cell phone while transporting St. Paul students, the Star Tribune reported.
A Fridley woman who works as a school bus driver is facing charges in Ramsey County for texting while operating a bus with students aboard, the Star Tribune reported Thursday. The newspaper gave this summary of the criminal complaint: On Nov. 4 [of 2011, defendant Jatira D.] Sanders allegedly took out her cellphone and began texting as soon as she stopped the bus and opened the door to let students off. A photograph taken by a student showed that the bus' stop arm was deployed and amber warning lights were on. The student who took the photo told a State Patrol investigator that Sanders did not watch students disembark. On Nov. 7, [2011,] Sanders allegedly texted while stopped at a red light. A student told the investigator that Sanders was…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sign up to get reminders from Allied/Republic Waste Services when it's your week for recycling collection.
If you can't tell by how many milk jugs you've gone through, the City of Fridley's recycling services provider will now send you text messages to remind you your recycling day is coming up. You'll also get a message from Allied/Republic Waste Services if the pickup day changes because of a holiday or weather conditions. To sign up, text Blue to 292929 if your Allied Waste recycling calendar shows your home is located in a Blue Week area. Text Grey to 292929 if it shows you are in a Grey Week. You can expect to get a message on the Sunday of your recycling week. It's free to sign up, but your cell phone carrier may apply standard fees for text messages. More:
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Is a text exchange behind the wheel like driving drunk?
Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended a nation-wide ban on cell phone use while driving. The recommendation stems from an investigation into a 2010 crash in Missouri that resulted in a four-way pile up between two full school buses, a tractor trailer and a pickup truck that killed two people. The NTSB faulted the pickup driver, who was allegedly texting shortly before the accident. It is already illegal to text and drive in Minnesota. Critics of the NTSB proposal have called it "hysterical" and "unenforceable." An editorial in USA Today compared it to the 18th Amendment, which put the kibosh on booze from 1919 to 1933. On the other hand, editorial writers at the Star Tribune argued that a prohibition on cell use …