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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Lombard Police Department is partnering with the IDOT, Illinois State Police, and more than 100 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to remind drivers: drop your phones or pay up.
The Lombard Police Department tickets for distracted driving year-round, including 1,244 cell phone use tickets issued in 2017 (32 % increase compared to 2016). During the Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, grant funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) allows additional Lombard officers to patrol, seeking out violators. Enforcement will include 350 dedicated hours of extra enforcement, including during Distracted Driving Awareness Week from April 21 – 27. Additionally, a roadside safety checkpoint will occur during the overnight hours of April 5, as part of IDOT’s impaired driving grant funding.
Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 3,166 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017. While this represents a nine-percent decrease in distracted driving fatalities from 2016, there is clearly more work to be done.
“Every day, you can look out your car window and see a driver using their cellphone,” said Traffic Safety Unit Officer Paula Rojas. “People know that texting and driving is dangerous and illegal, but they do it anyway, and it puts others at risk.”
Texting while driving distracts a driver visually, manually and cognitively. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 miles per hour for the length of an entire football field.
Follow these steps for a safe driving experience:
The Distracted Driving enforcement campaign is supported through federal funds administered by IDOT.