Heightened enforcement throughout Illinois for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

With National Distracted Driving Awareness Month starting today, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and more than 100 city and county law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers to put down their phones and focus on driving.  In April, motorists will see increased patrols and enforcement zones across Illinois to ticket drivers using handheld devices. Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 3,166 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017. Illinois law prohibits the use of handheld electronic devices for any purpose, including talking, texting or using apps. Drivers under 19 are prohibited from using any electronic devices, even hands free.

Follow these steps to keep everyone safe:

  • If you need to text, pull over and park your car in a safe location.
    • Identify a passenger as your “designated texter.” Ask them to respond to calls or messages.
    • Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.
    • Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box or back seat until you arrive at your destination.The Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign is supported through federal funds administered by IDOT. It dovetails with IDOT’s comprehensive multimedia campaign, Life or Death Illinois, which highlights the incredible responsibility of each driver to make good decisions to keep our roads safe and to decrease the number of lives lost each year.






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