“Distracted driving” continues to be a significant threat to safe travel in Illinois, including Kane County. While driver distraction can be caused by many different activities that divert the attention of the driver, among the most common reasons for driver distraction is operating a cell phone – and especially texting while driving. As seen in various statistics, texting while driving is among the most hazardous form of “distracted driving.” In many cases the resulting inattention can directly or indirectly lead to a loss of vehicle control and/or a traffic accident.
On this site, various issues (including legal, medical, and statistics) regarding distracted drivers and the accidents caused by their negligent actions are further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents And Their Frequency And Causes” page. As seen on that page, statistics indicate the danger of driving while inattentive as well as the significant number of accidents that are attributed to driver distraction. Additionally, a recent study (discussed in the “‘Distracted Driving’ Seen As Top Threat To Traffic Safety” post) shows that drivers consider “distracted driving” to be the top threat to traffic safety.
In the April 20, 2018 Kane County Connects post (“Kane County Sheriff’s Office: ‘Stop Senseless Distracted Driving Deaths’“) discusses a recently announced Kane County Sheriff’s Office participation in the Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week, as well as the office’s enforcement campaign of Illinois’ distracted driving laws.
Two excerpts from the media release:
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, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
The latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found that:
- Drivers who text when behind the wheel more than double their odds of being involved in a crash.
- 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.
Violating Illinois’s distracted driving laws can be costly, so “know before you go.”
In Illinois, there’s a $120 fine for any of the following violations:
Texting and driving.
Using a hand-held phone while driving.
Teen drivers using a cell phone while driving.
Additional Details Regarding These “Distracted Driving” Issues
Additional details regarding “distracted driving” issues and the Kane County enforcement campaign can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
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