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Posted on: March 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Police Recognize Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month across the nation, and the Lombard Police Department is urging drivers to drop their phones and focus on the road with a not-so-subtle reminder: “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other.”

“It has become all too common to see people driving down the road while looking at their phones,” said Traffic Safety Unit Officer Dan Herrera. “People know texting and driving is both dangerous and illegal, but they do it anyway, putting themselves and others at risk. During April, drivers will see increased law enforcement efforts as officers stop and ticket anyone who texts or uses their cell phones while driving.”

In support of this effort, the Lombard Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies around Illinois the entire month of April. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,142 people died in U.S. crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019. 

The distracted driving campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal traffic safety funds.

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