FRANKLIN COUNTY – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month across the country.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is urging drivers to drop their phones and focus on the road with a not-so-subtle reminder – “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other.”
Officials said texting and driving is both dangerous and illegal, but people do it anyway putting themselves and others at risk. During April, drivers will see increased law enforcement efforts as officers stop and ticket anyone who violates distracted driving and other Illinois motor vehicle laws.
The sheriff’s office is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies around Illinois the entire month of April.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 26,004 people died in U.S. crashes involving a distracted driver between 2012 and 2019.
The distracted driving campaign is administered by IDOT with federal traffic safety funds.