WINNETKA – During the week of April 24 through April 28, the Winnetka Police Department is going to participate in the first ever Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week with State and Local Agencies. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) asked Governor Rauner to declare April 24th through April 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week in an effort to bring attention to the dangers and consequences associated with distracted driving. Governor Rauner issued the proclamation and both houses passed resolutions identifying the upcoming week as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week.
Police Officers across Illinois will work to educate motorists on all aspects of distracted driving. The campaign will also include the enforcement of applicable State distracted driving laws. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicles crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.
- 10 percent of fatal crashes, 15percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction affected crashes.
- Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials.
- Young drivers, 16 to 24 years old, have been observed using handheld electronic
devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.
Distracted Driving Awareness Week is a collaborative effort among the ILACP, AAA, and supported by the Illinois State Police, SafetyServe.com, the National Safety Council, the Illinois Insurance Association, almost 300 law enforcement/fire agencies and supporters from the private sector throughout Illinois.
Any further inquires should be directed to Deputy Chief Marc Hornstein at 847-716-3401.
Submitted by the Winnetka Police Department