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IDOT, ISP Team Up for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is collaborating with the Illinois State Police (ISP) and over 200 local law enforcement agencies to promote Distracted Driving Awareness Month, urging motorists to "Drop it and Drive."

Throughout April, law enforcement officers will unite to enforce texting and distracted driving laws.

“Distracted driving is a leading cause of crashes on our roads today,” said Steve Travia, IDOT’s Director of Highways and Chief Engineer. “During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police will intensify enforcement efforts, halting anyone observed texting and driving. Remember: ‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay.'”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 2012 and 2021, around 32,000 lives were lost in crashes involving distracted drivers. While everyone is susceptible to distracted driving crashes, individuals between 16 and 24 years old are particularly vulnerable. If you must text, pull over to a safe location, or if you have a passenger, designate a texter. Regardless, refrain from texting and driving.

“While driving, many of us are tempted to check our phone, just quickly, when we hear that notification ding,” said ISP Division of Patrol Col. Chris Owen. “However, that quick glance could lead to a crash, endangering your life or the lives of others. Whatever that message is on your phone, it’s not more important than your life or the lives of others. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.”

To maintain focus on the road, remember these guidelines:

  • If you anticipate a text or need to send one, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe location.
  • Avoid engaging in social media browsing or messaging while driving.
  • Cell phone use can become habitual. Struggling to avoid texting and driving? Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature.

The Illinois distracted driving campaign is supported by federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT.

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