Police Add Enforcement For Distracted Driving Month
As part of Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Vernon Hills Police Department will have extra officers on the road during April whose job will be to look for drivers who are driving distracted. The increased enforcement is being done in conjunction with a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
While distracted driving includes, grooming, talking to passengers, using GPS, adjusting the radio, taking off a jacket, or reaching for an object on the floor, probably the most thought of thing when the term “distracted driving” is used is cell phone use.
All motorists should remember that, with some exceptions, Illinois law prohibits a person from operating a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device. The law also includes penalties on drivers whose use of such device causes a crash resulting in serious injury or death.
“Using the phone should be the last thing a driver should be focused on,” said Sgt. Andrew Gillespie. “That text, phone call, email, picture, video or social media post can wait. None of these things are worth risking your life and the lives of other drivers and passengers over.”
The focus and concentration for drivers should be on the road, not responding to an email, texting or talking on the phone. If you have an important phone call or need to reprogram your navigation system, pull over to a safe parking place. To resist the urge of using your phone, either silence it or put it somewhere you can’t reach.
Anyone who would like to view the entire Illinois law can find a link to it at vhpd.com.