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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Lombard joins IL Assoc. of Chiefs of Police in first ever Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week

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In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the IL Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) has declared April 24-28 as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week to bring attention to the dangers and consequences of distracted driving.

The ILACP, in  partnership with AAA, and supported by the Illinois State Police, SafetyServe.com, the National Safety Council, the Illinois Insurance Association, almost 300 law enforcement/fire agencies and supporters throughout Illinois, will work together during this week to educate motorists on all aspects of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):


  • 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9 percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.
  • 10 percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction affected crashes.
  • Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. Young drivers, 16 to 24 years old, have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007. Texting while driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you become a danger to everyone around you. 
  • In analyzing 2009-2012 data, while more than 8 in 10 drivers believed it unacceptable for a motorist to text or e-mail behind the wheel, more than a third of those same respondents admitted to participating in these unsafe activities.
  • Just as disturbing, even as fatalities go up, fewer drivers seem concerned about texting while driving. According to Foundation’s 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, significantly fewer motorists (77%) believed texting while driving is a problem, down from 96 percent in 2013, a 19-point drop in just two years.

SafetyServe.com is offering a short Distracted Driving Online Course, at no cost, during Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week to those who visit the ILACP Traffic Safety Website, www.iddaw.org.   

These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.  Please help the ILACP, AAA, and the Lombard Police Department, to keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong.

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