Increasing number of distracted drivers on the road

Why You Should Never, Ever Use Your Phone While Driving

A new report issued by Finder.com indicates that 138 million American adults willing admit to "driving while distracted", which includes talking on the phone, speeding, and driving while worn out. These tickets were a combination of talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving, texting, or using an electronic device while driving.

"These numbers demonstrate the need for more distracted driving enforcement", said Sgt. Matt LaBelle of the detachment's traffic services section.

A statewide crackdown on distracted driving - including texting while driving - begins Thursday and continues through Monday, State Police said. Still, everyone has seen other drivers on a device driving in a risky manner next to them during a commute or a trip around town. This campaign is part of an ongoing effort to make our roadways safer.

Since 2011, OTS has conducted an observational study of handheld cell phone use every year. These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in IL and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.

Last year's DDAW efforts resulted in over 18,000 warnings and citations for distracted driving offenses.

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Cell phone use can be habit-forming. While 90 percent of drivers admit that texting, watching videos and reading while driving is extremely distracting, they are not aware of how often they engage in this behavior. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign.

- If you receive a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your auto in a safe location, but "never" on a freeway. Once you are safely off the road, it is safe to text. Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages. If you're struggling to not text and drive, police recommend that you put the cell phone in the trunk or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your final destination.

Probationary and junior drivers face a 120-day suspension of their license for a first offense, and one-year revocation of their permit or license if a second offense is committed within six months.

Each day, 10 people are killed in distracted driving crashes ‐ contributing to the 37,000 people killed in crashes on US roadways during 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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