Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week

Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week

The program began April 1 and runs through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in risky distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

Operation Hang Up is a special enforcement effort to step up patrols and checkpoints.

Condon says it can be obvious to notice someone who is distracted while driving. With April designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is especially important to acknowledge the major risk that this behavior poses as drivers become more reliant on mobile devices.

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Maryland Law only allows drivers to use their phones while driving in order to accept or decline incoming phone calls.

Messages of "Park the Cell Phone, Before You Drive" and "Park the Phone, Don't Text and Drive" will be seen during the month of April in Frederick County. This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, in 2015, 160 persons were killed and more than 33,000 persons were injured in crashes in NY that had "driver inattention/distraction" reported as a contributing factor.

Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Distracted driving puts your life and the lives of all motorists in danger as well as our emergency responders and roadside workers".

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Traffic officers have issued hundreds of thousands of citations over the past three years to those texting or calling on a hand-held cell phone. Law enforcement will be aggressively enforcing distracted driving laws. By combining metric-driven awareness and positive incentives, this data can help make drivers smarter and roads safer for everyone. Your radio or navigation system can take your attention off the road you if you aren't cautious.

At the same time, the increased use of smartphones has resulted in an increase every year for summonses for texting while driving, police said.

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"Too many preventable injuries and fatalities result from distracted driving", said Northam.

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