ELMHURST – April is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Elmhurst Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists that if they drive with a phone in one hand, they can expect a ticket in the other, according to a Police Department news release.
Motorists can expect to see increased patrols and enforcement zones across Illinois as part of the April 16 to 30 distracted driving enforcement, the release stated. Elmhurst police will be ticketing drivers who text or use their cellphones while driving.
Texting while stopped at a red light also is against the law, as most motorists will continue to be distracted by their phones as they continue to drive, according to the release.
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the length of an entire football field, the release stated.
The Illinois Drop It and Drive program is funded with federal highway safety dollars administered by the Department of Transportation, according to the release.