Naperville: ‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’
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~ Naperville Police Department Joins Statewide Efforts to Combat Distracted Driving

In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Naperville Police Department has announced its partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police, and over 200 local law enforcement agencies. The goal of this collaboration is to increase enforcement efforts across the state and crack down on distracted driving.

According to Naperville Police Sgt. Derek Zook, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes on roads today. To combat this dangerous behavior, law enforcement will be ramping up patrols throughout April and specifically targeting texting while driving as well as other traffic violations.

The statistics surrounding distracted driving are alarming. Between 2012 and 2021, approximately 32,000 lives were lost in crashes involving distracted drivers. While anyone can fall victim to distracted driving, those between the ages of 16 and 24 are at a particularly high risk.

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To prevent these tragedies from occurring, Sgt. Zook urges drivers to pull over to a safe location if they need to text or consider appointing a "designated texter" if they have a passenger in the car. It is crucial for everyone's safety that drivers do not text and drive.

In Illinois, using a phone in anything other than hands-free mode is not only dangerous but also illegal. The consequences for distracted driving can be severe, so it is essential for drivers to pay attention or face the consequences.

The Illinois distracted driving campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT. By working together with various law enforcement agencies across the state, it is hoped that this initiative will raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and ultimately save lives on Illinois roads.

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