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Throughout the month of April, the Lombard Police Department focused on distracted driving safety as part of the National Safety Council’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Illinois’ 2nd Annual Distracted Driving Awareness Week (4/23-4/27).
During the last two weeks of April, which included additional enforcement for Illinois’ Distracted Awareness Week, Lombard Police dedicated more than 104 focused hours on distracted driving violations, resulting in a crackdown total of 145 cellphone violation citations, 44 other citations, 1 DUI arrest, 4 license related arrests, and 2 drug arrests. Lombard Officers issued a total of 163 distracted driving citations throughout April.
Information about the dangers of distracted driving was printed in the Village’s Pride newsletter, sent to residents via the Village’s E-Pride weekly email, and shared on social media.
“In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. That’s 10 people every day that could still be alive,” said Traffic Safety Officer Lieutenant Joe Grage. “We are reminding people to put their phones down! A text can wait! We don’t want any residents to become a statistic. Drop it and Drive Lombard.”
The Lombard Police Department tickets for distracted driving year round, and has issued nearly 4,000 cell phone violation tickets in the past four years, with 1,052 issued in 2017.
Distracted Driving Awareness Week’s purpose is to provide a united effort between law enforcement and organizations like AAA and the National Safety Council, to remind people how dangerous distracted driving can be. Publicizing enforcement efforts has been shown to reduce the number of violations and make the roadways safer. Lombard Police will continue to remind motorists that distracted driving is dangerous and potentially deadly.
Please contact Lt. Grage at (630)873-4667 with any questions.