St. Charles Police Department officials say too many people are ignoring distracted driving laws.
In a report about citations during the month-long distracted driving campaign, which the St. Charles Police Department conducted in conjunction with the state of Illinois, St. Charles Cmdr. Rich Clark said the results of the recent campaign were startling.
“We have witnessed an uptick in drivers violating the state’s distracted driving laws this year as opposed to previous years’ similar campaigns,” he said. “Officers working the extra details stated drivers were often blatantly texting or manipulating their cell phones.
“We want to make sure drivers are focusing their attention on the road and getting to their destinations safely. Distracted driving has quickly become one of the biggest contributors to crashes that we investigate.”
During the month-long campaign that took place at various times and dates across both the morning and evening, the St. Charles Police wrote:
- 49 citations for Distracted Driving.
- 22 citations for Speeding.
- 13 citations for Other offenses.
- Two citations for unsecured front seat drivers.
- Nine warning citations for a variety of driving infractions.
Five drivers were arrested for either Driving While Suspended or Revoked.
Police remind drivers that unless they are in an emergency situation or calling 911, to discontinue using their phone until they have safely arrived at a destination. Several phone carriers even provide an option for drivers to block calls and texts while driving in an effort to discourage unsafe distracted driving habits.
The Distracted Driving /Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilizations are made possible with federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
About the St. Charles Police Department
The St. Charles Police Department provides law enforcement, investigations, traffic and special events, social services, crime prevention, and community outreach services to the St. Charles, IL, community. One of the first agencies in Illinois to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the Department has retained accreditation since 1989.
The St. Charles Police Department actively supports Special Olympics Illinois and embraces community-oriented service to the 33,000 residents and nearly 2,000 businesses in St. Charles.
SOURCE: St. Charles Police Department news release