During the week of April 23 through April 27, the Winnetka Police Department will be participating in the second annual Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week with State and Local Agencies. Last year’s DDAW efforts resulted in over 18,000 warnings and citations for distracted driving offenses.
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), each day, 10 people are killed in distracted driving crashes – contributing to the 37,000 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016.
The latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found that:
- Drivers who use in-vehicle technologies, like voice-based and touch screen features, can be distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.
- Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash Distracted Driving Awareness Week is a coordinated effort between the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), AAA, The Illinois State Police, The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois High School High School and College Driver Education Association (IHSCDEA) and nearly 300 local law enforcement throughout Illinois to educate motorists about the dangers of driving while distracted and enforcing the laws on Illinois’ roadways.
Submitted by the Winnetka Police Department