Lombard Police concentrated efforts throughout April’s distracted driving grant enforcement period, resulted in a total of 1004 traffic stops with 516 distracted driving citations and 80 distracted driving warnings issued. These distracted driving violations included texting, talking on cell phones and watching videos while driving. In addition, the officers’ traffic stops resulted in a crackdown of 147 seatbelt citations, 21 child seat violations, 53 speeding citations, 61 uninsured motorist citations and 72 other citations for a total of 774 citations issued on the grant during April.
Lombard Officers also made 30 arrests as a result of 13 suspended or revoked licenses, 7 drug offenses, a forgery of currency charge, and 5 DUI arrests during this time period.
The Lombard Police Department tickets for distracted driving year round, and has issued more than 4,000 cell phone violation tickets in the past five years, with 1,052 issued in 2017. “At least nine Americans are killed every day with approximately 100 injured due to distracted driving crashes,” 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.”
Distracted Driving Awareness Week’s purpose is to provide a united effort between law enforcement and is supported by Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) 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.