Drop It and Drive: Distracted Driving Awareness

March 29, 2024
distracted driving month april

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month across the nation. The Arlington Heights Police are urging drivers to drop their phones and focus on the road with a not-so-subtle reminder: ‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’ Texting while driving puts everyone on the road at risk by distracting a driver visually, manually, and cognitively. Distracted Driving is not just limited to the use of a cell phone, it’s anything removing your undivided attention from the task of driving a vehicle. During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we’re working to increase awareness of these dangers and encourage all motorists to give driving their full attention.

During April, you will see increased law enforcement efforts as officers stop and ticket anyone who violates distracted driving and other Illinois motor vehicle laws. In support of this effort, the Arlington Heights Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies around Illinois the entire month of April.

In Illinois, using your phone in anything other than hands-free mode is not only dangerous, but also illegal. Pay attention or pay the price.
The Illinois distracted driving campaign is funded with federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT. Additional information contact: Sergeant Russell Mandel Phone: 847-368-5300