Throughout the month of April, IDOT, Illinois State Police and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies across the state will be out cracking down on distracted driving (WGN News). YouTube Tips ⓘ
WGN News rode along with Highland Park police officer Andrew Cumba while he was focusing on distracted drivers. Highland Park Police Department will dedicate 80 hours throughout the month of April 2022 along with 200 law enforcement agencies to educate people on the dangers of distracted driving.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Arlington Heights Police Department and the Schaumburg Police Department are also among the 200 law enforcement agencies partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police in the “Drop It and Drive” campaign. As part of the the reminder to “Drop It and Drive,” police are educating people about the dangers of distracted driving. “Texting while driving puts everyone on the road at risk by distracting a driver visually, manually, and cognitively,” said Lt. Christy Lindhurst. “During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we’re working to increase awareness of these dangers and encourage all motorists to give driving their full attention.”
At a time when traffic fatalities are on the rise in Illinois and across the country, Schaumburg Police Department is committed to reducing the traffic crashes caused by distractions like texting or talking on a cell phone.
Motorists can expect to see increased patrols and enforcement zones the entire month of April. Schaumburg Police Department will be ticketing drivers who text or use their cell phones while driving. The distracted driving campaign is administered by IDOT with federal traffic safety funds.
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