With the assistance of a grant administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Lincolnshire Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies from across Illinois this April in an effort to curb distracted driving on our roadways. The focused enforcement campaign will take place during the month of April.

Here are a few facts about the problem of distracted driving: Cell Phone Pre Release 2018

  • In Illinois more than 2,000 crashes occur yearly from distracted driving
  • Nationally about 1.3 million crashes occur due to cell phone use while driving annually, accounting for nearly 9% of all fatalities
  • AAA reported more than 40% of drivers admitted to reading email or text messages while driving
  • A driver is four times more likely to be involved in an injury crash while using a hand-held cell phone

Police are asking motorists to follow these simple steps: 

  • Turn it off – shut off your cell phone before getting into the car and stow it out of sight and reach
  • Stop first. If you have to make a call, pull over to a safe area, such as a rest stop or oasis, to make your call 
  • Spread the word. Record a message on your phone that warns callers you're driving and will get back to them later – or sign up for a service that offers this feature
  • Buckle up. Secure children and pets before beginning to drive. If they need attention, pull over before tending to them.